Thank you Tanka Journal for including my poem in your collection. It has been fun to discover a new style of poetry. The tanka style originates in Japan and it was often used as a short form way to send a message that expresses romance, desire or gratitude. If you want to learn more about this style click here. Check out my latest poem for free in Issue 6
If you are looking for a set of poems to add to your library, this volume can be purchased from the Prolific Press bookstore here: Issue 6
I am including a brief exploration of this poem, to provide a little more insight into my creative process. Please read the poem before you continue with this post. I feel that it is important to experience art.
Crows Gather in Mass
Tanka poems usually have two sections to them and this poem is no exception. The first part of the poem has crows gathering before the dawn. They represent the edge of darkness that lingers before the sun rises. The second part of the poem shows the crows becoming guides as the shadowy figures retreat, bowing to the new day. This poem attempts to create powerful and explosive imagery as two forces exchange control of the sky.
Thank you again to Prolific Press for all your continued support and thank you to those who inspire me to keep on writing.
The voices, the voices
Are all going out,
A Trumpet dares to silence
Those who once could shout.
So speak for those who no longer can,
We will protect you from the Muslim ban.
Here is an article that discuss the upcoming book launch and the poet who put together this fantastic collection: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/oilsands-poet-launches-fort-mcmurray-fire-book-to-aid-library
I am honoured to announce that one of my poems has been included in the Fire and Sky Anthology. This collection of poems was put together by David C. Brydges to raise money for the Wood Buffalo Regional Library in Fort McMurray. The book contains a wide variety of poems that examine themes of loss and recovery, renewal and hope, adversity and triumph, and most importantly poems about the Fort McMurray fire and its aftermath.
Please join me and my fellow poets for the Calgary book launch of this title. The launch will be at the Contemporary Calgary Art Gallery on December 10th from 8-10pm. You will have the opportunity to hear readings from the book, including my poem A Spark of Hope, as well as hear a performance from violinist Moyo Williams.
Thank you ArtAscent for publishing my latest poem. The theme for this issue was Unknown and as always the magazine is full of some amazing writing and artwork. Check out Beyond the Wall on page 55. http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/937696
An amazing opportunity to be featured once again in the latest issue of ArtAscent. Check out my poem, Reject Embrace Defy on page 61, but don’t skip the rest, as there are some outstanding pieces of writing and art in this magazine. http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/852883
ArtAscent Vol 10, Theme: Red