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  • Wade in the Water – Poetry as an Invitation to Speak Together Differently

    Review by Mary MacDonald

    The House the Spirit Builds(1)When we enter into poetry we are like two strangers in the park, making an invitation, and listening to each other with curiosity.

    Something starts to happen. I emerge beyond my certainties and my feet gripping the familiar ground. My circle of beliefs widens and my ears bend with inquisitiveness.

    Through nature, stillness, and a love of the land, Lorna Crozier, in her collection The House The Spirit Builds invites the reader to listen with grace.

    When it’s half-

    way to being ice, water

    is neither.

    Quarrels_Griffin_CoverIn spare and enchanting prose poems, Eve Joseph in Quarrels writes strange and illogical fables with their flickers of truth.

    The boy in the photo has infiltrated my dreams. He interrogates me all night without words. We are two mutes with different music in our brains.



    Wayside Sang (2)Cecily Nicholson in Wayside Sang writes of movement, trajectories, places travelled, and between the animate and inanimate, pain and trauma, she encourages the reader to transform the meaning of home.

    Feet blistering failures keep leaving the ground

    now we know

    each other’s easy laughter


    Night Became Years (2)In Night Became Years, Winnipeg poet Jason Stefanik, uses multiple voices to explore his mixed race identity.

    There is a teacup trembling away on the landing.

    You crack open the door and the parents are fighting



    Refugium Poems for the Pacific(1)And who can speak for the silent warming ocean, the whales, oil spills, dying seabirds and plastic bags? Poet Yvonne Blomer gathered more than 80 poets to write about the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful and heartbreaking Refugium: Poems for the Pacific is a search and rescue tour de force.

    and for the tiniest sea creature that we have neither seen

              nor perceived, but who lives, must live


    Mary MacDonald is a poet, writer, and member of the Whistler writing group, The Vicious Circle.

    These poets will be contributing to a panel discussion moderated by Mary MacDonald for the Reading Event 10: Wade in the Water, on Saturday, October 19th at 11:30 a.m. at the Whistler Writers Festival.

    Refugium Poems for the Pacific(1)