I write poetry when a moment in the ordinary flow of moments startles with flashpoint intensity. I try to absorb the uncanny heat that lingers in the aftermath, even as it rises above me.
Then the work begins: recall the particulars of the moment with the candour of the heart before the rigour of the mind; watch them spin themselves into possibilities, sometimes beyond my bravest imaginings; gather the shiniest and the scariest details together (they’ll be the same ones); and arrange them to mirror the original moment.
I always fail: I end with a stained-glass window, fragmented, refracting, sometimes radiant.
BEST CANADIAN POETRY 2023
The poem “He Thinks It’s Their Last Book” appears in Best Canadian Poetry 2023.
“The Egtved Girl” appeared in Prairie Fire. It also appears in the collection Tilling the Darkness, forthcoming in February 2023.
ARC POETRY MAGAZINE
Shortlisted for Arc’s Poem of the Year
LITERARY REVIEW OF CANADA
July–August 2017, “Advice to a Poet”