Thursday, January 02, 2014

Indigenous Love Words Project


The 1491s, "a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma," asked one simple question:  

"How do you say 'I Love You' in your Indigenous language?"

 Fans and supporters from all over the world responded.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Anthologies, Reading in Ottawa, Hallowe'en!


Hope you had a fun Hallowe'een! I was a fairy, again. Surprise, I know.


Very happy to have poems included in two stellar anthologies this fall. The first is The Broadview Introduction to Literature: Poetry, edited by Lisa Chalykoff, Neta Gordon, and Paul Lumsden. If you scroll down through Shakespeare, Chaucer, Blake, Dickinson, and cummings, you'll find lil ol me at the end.


The second anthology is the first title of Chaudiere Books' re-launch, Ground Rules: the best of the second decade of above/ground press 2003-2013, edited by rob mclennan. Ground Rules includes poems by Artie Gold, Mark Cochrane, Suzanne Zelazo, derek beaulieu, Stephanie Bolster, Amanda Earl, Nathanaƫl, Lisa Samuels, Rachel Zolf, Sharon Harris, D. G. Jones, Julia Williams, Eric Folsom, Gregory Betts, Natalie Simpson, Monty Reid, William Hawkins, Emily Carr, Cameron Anstee, Helen Hajnoczky, Marilyn Irwin, Stephen Brockwell, Robert Kroetsch and rob mclennan.



I'm thrilled to help launch Ground Rules along with poets Marilyn Irwin and Stephen Brockwell in Ottawa on December 7 at 5 p.m. rob will host the event, which is co-sponsored by the Ottawa International Writers Festival and The Plan 99 Series at The Manx Pub.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Careful, Now

"We pray for the fragile ecology of the heart and the mind. The sense of meaning. So finely assembled and balanced and so easily overturned. The careful, ongoing construction of love. As painful and exhausting as the struggle for truth and as easily abandoned.

Hard-fought and won are the shifting sands of this sacred ground, this ecology. Easy to desecrate and difficult to defend, this vulnerable joy, this exposed faith, this precious order. This sanity.

We shall be careful. With others and with ourselves.

Amen"

~ Michael Leunig, Australian Master of Cartoon, Art, Commentary, Philosophy, Observation & other Matters of Humanity


Thanks to Doug McLean for sharing.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Neil Gaiman, Ladies and Gentlemen...


Does it break your heart to write heart breaking things?

No, sometimes it heals your heart to write heart breaking things.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Conspiracies and Questions...


Okaaayyeeee, I attempted to upload the above image of my youngest son's Valentine bookmarks that he made for his classmates, and Blogger sent me to the CIA? It's a Valentine's conspiracy, I tells ya!

Before the detour, I meant to write that I'd like to develop some sort of love curriculum for the classroom, but I have no idea what it would include. Anti-bullying workshops are wonderful and sex ed. is great, but what would pro-love education look like? A parent-friend complained that school Valentine's Day parties are empty calories, Disney cards, and dollar store junk. I wondered how they could be updated, as I still think the holiday is a good opportunity to celebrate love. Also, my son had an I Love You button on his backpack until his friends made fun of it. I felt sad.


I've learned more about love from my sons than I've taught -- they inspired the I Love You Project. When my oldest was in elementary school, we did I Love You drawings in first, third, and fifth grades with his classes. Maybe it could be that simple? If you have any ideas, please get in touch!

Happy Valentine's Day!


I haven't been posting on this blog much, and wasn't going to to do a Valentine's Day round-up, but while taking my son to hockey practice, I wandered into this scene:


It was a girls' hockey Valentine's Day party. My inner child heard the music, saw the hearts, and wanted to colour with the crayons. So early this morning, Valentine's Day, one of my (outer) children and I fastened homemade hearts to fences around our neighbourhood. February could use more colour.


More photos are online at the I Love You World Graffiti Project's Facebook Page (which is updated more regularly than this blog). Happy Valentine's Day. I love you.