Author Archives: Annette

For Paris: a poem

For Paris: a poem

Erasure: This is a process in which a writer extracts words, in the exact order as they appear in a text, ‘erasing’ the rest, to create a poem. I chose Susan Sontag’s On Photography. I opened Sontag’s book at a random page, spotted the word ‘Paris’ and began.

For Paris
i
disparate events
conducted
with detachment
flimsy variant
weapon
automated
ready to spring
simple as pulling the trigger

ii
seeing as they never see themselves
possessed
soft murder
a sad frightened time
roaring lion
seeking whom he may devour

iii
in Paris
dead relatives and friends
absence
evoked by photographs
the lover’s
politician’s
snapshots of children
lay claim
to history

iv
news of
horrors
event
unreal
unbearable
familiar
atrocity
cut sharply
deeply
swallowed

v
spies, coroners
borders arbitrary
inexhaustible
rooted in
muteness
makes us
feel
poignant longings
for redemption
the body of the world
showered with light

 

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

In Memoriam for Bailey Jerome Swaggart  I’ve never met Bailey Jerome Swaggart, a young soldier from West Monroe, Louisiana. I got to know him through his grieving mom, Shalia Swaggert, a woman I admire for her ability to find the brightness in even the darkest day— the day she found out that her son, only…Continue Reading

Peace Is An Offering

Peace Is An Offering

I wrote Peace is an Offering shortly after 9/11. I knew that after the planes hit the twin towers that the U.S. would go to war and that the world would be irrevocably changed. So I began to write the poem as a text for a picture book for children. I remembering writing it in…Continue Reading

Peace Is An Offering Reviews

‘A list of small lessons, that when added up, have a great impact…” Peace is an Offering is ‘affecting and heartfelt.’ Kirkus Review Peace is an Offering is a ‘beautiful book.’ … “(It’s) a wonderful way to remind not just children but yourself of the wonderful things that do and can exist in this world.…Continue Reading

My Fav Novel of 2014!

My Fav Novel of 2014!

Ellen in Pieces by Caroline Adderson is my favourite novel of 2014!  It is laugh-out- loud funny, sexy, and very moving.  The word that first comes to mind is delicious.  The novel is a gossipy treat, entertaining as hell, but at the same time brilliantly written with an unforgettable lead.  It is also a story…Continue Reading

After thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Protest

After thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Protest

It was raining hard as my husband and I trudged up Burnaby Mountain.  We had dressed in layers, fleece jackets and rain gear, hats and hoods and gum boots.  To get to the Kinder Morgan drill site, we had to circle half way up a hillside where the mud was thick and slippery.  Some of the…Continue Reading

20 Book List

20 Book List

When my Goodreads and Facebook friend, Liisa Rene, tagged me to list 10 of my favourite books, I checked my Goodreads list and ended up with 20. Then I managed, with much difficulty to narrow the list down to 10 but I’d left out so many books that I loved. How can you compare the…Continue Reading

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? My inspiration for a recent picture book manuscript was a sighting of wolves at our cabin in the Cariboo. It was last winter when we were hunkered down in front of a roaring fire and my daughter spotted three wolves crossing the frozen lake. We quickly ran to…Continue Reading

Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

If you’re a writer struggling with plot, read Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl.  You will be inspired!  Flynn knows  how to hook the reader, lead her down the garden path, only to reveal that all the assumptions she has made so far are false.  Flynn’s ability to surprise the reader with plot changes so dramatic…Continue Reading