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December 31, 2017


      00:01 A.M.

Dropped, the Ball orchestrated the Big Bang,

the constellations, the Square

& its ear-nose-and-throat-splitting invective.

Night effervesced. Then it was done.

Earth blackened on her molten stick.

Ancient cities dwindled into coals.

One by one, the lights went,

popping until the filament of the last bulb

spittled & singed its...

September 10, 2017

Years ago, I wrote a snooty piece about how poetry was the highest of all written forms, that its demands on the reader and the writer far exceeded the rigour required of the novelist or the "ordinary" consumer of prose. My focus was on the precision and density of the made thing, the poem, how exquisitely wrought it is and how no other creator of text has to work as...

March 14, 2016





Something I posted on my personal Facebook page after Justin Trudeau became the 23rd Prime Minister of our country has resurfaced, partly in response to his recent, much celebrated visit to Washington to meet with President Obama. Hilde Weisert, an American, became a Facebook friend after she saw my original post, which not only went viral but als...

February 21, 2016



It is clear to us that the largest subsidy to the cultural life of Canada comes, not from governments, corporations or other patrons, but from the artists themselves through their unpaid or underpaid labor.

— from the Applebaum / Hébert Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee (1982)



Over three decades have passed since Louis Applebaum and Jacques Hébert reported o...

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