Venice is a walking and a water city. This means the person you meet on the boat –– the public transit everyone takes –– you will likely see again in the square. It's a small, social city.
There are 53,000 local residents.. Every day 60,000 tourists weigh down the island for a few hours, then return to their cruise ships and leave. This makes it a teetering place. I picture the island itself as a raft that tilts to take on passengers and again when they leave.
It seems like a precarious balance for those who live in Venice: to host with kindness -- as they do -- and to maintain some privacy and space and quality of life. They attend to us. Me, a visitor too. I feel I'm somewhere between tourist and resident. And for some reason, with all my attention, I want to attend to the place and those I meet.Read More
“One key barrier that I identified in my writing process, is the desire for what I write to be perfect right away.” Samara Moore, Gradlife Ambassador at University of Toronto reflects on a writing workshop and its applications.Read More
The Poet in Community program at U of T has been going now for 10 years and yet this is the first I’m writing of it here. Why is that? I’m asking myself. And I realize I’ve fallen prey to exactly what this program was created to counter.Read More
In July I was invited by the Brave Festival of Risk and Failure at Harbourfront to write poems for people on the spot. About 40 folks came over several days and I asked what they needed a poem for and then I wrote it. And then they took it and walked away.
At the start of my shift on the second day, a man was waiting there, eager. No excited. So into it, it made me nervous.Read More
I was bowled over this week to find my book, The More, on the longlist for the City of Toronto Book Award. What a gift to see it leaning up against the other longlisters. Thanks, City of Toronto Book Awards!Read More
Two new poems in the summer issue of Juniper Magazine. Here's a bit from the first one called, "Speak Heart."Read More