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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

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

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

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a brilliant, funny, tragic story about a couple of dying teenagers with cancer.  What? you’re probably thinking.  I wouldn’t go near that kind of book with a ten foot pole.  Who wants to be depressed?  Who wants to think about cancer?  Cancer is all around you…Continue Reading

The War on Wolves

The War on Wolves

The War on Wolves This winter, my husband, Michael Sather, and I saw three wolves cross the frozen lake in front of our cabin in the Cariboo.  It was one of those special moments when time stands still, when you are grateful to witness something rare and beautiful.  At the same time, the BC government…Continue Reading

Review of David Guterson’s Ed King

Review of David Guterson’s Ed King

Ed King by David Guterson is a deliciously clever and brilliant page-turner that impressed me with its sheer audaciousness.  Guterson is a superb storyteller who will hook you almost from the start and deliver surprise after surprise as his characters head for disaster.   As much as I enjoyed Guterson’s quiet and lovely first novel ‘Snow…Continue Reading