The night after the Danforth shooting, I washed my feet in the bathtub. They felt sticky and dirty from being out in the street in my sandals. The summer street, normally busy with people, was blank, except for police and reporters and stunned lookers paused at yellow tape. When a guy ducked under the tape, a cop yelled, "Hey!! Stop!" And then "Do you live on the Danforth?" Only the yes could go home. It was barren..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
The poem THE CITY has been installed on King Street in Toronto by PLANT Architects. To celebrate that public event more quietly, here is "The City" as one of the Bathrobe Videos.
The Bathrobe videos are made to reflect a less dressed, less stressed poetry practice. Writing prompts included.Read More
A line from my poem “Kensington Market” accompanied the recent exhibition at the Toronto Reference Library, “Toronto Revealed,” paintings, drawings and linocuts from the 30’s to now. The poem is from my book Personal Effects (Pedlar Press, 2000.) It is one of the poems featured on the Toronto Poetry Map.Read More