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Poem 147 – Remembering birth & more


Tomorrow Jett and I celebrate our birthdays! I can’t help but think about where I was, what my body was doing/feeling, how close we were to meeting the giant-sized baby in my belly…that fateful May 27th, 2006 when we had no idea what was ahead…but for the dream coming true of birthing a child. And, today we call out the major events….my water broke! We went to the hospital! We danced to Madonna in the birthing room!….and tomorrow, we will sit together and I will recount Jett’s birth story…the long journey of his arrival. It is a tradition! It’s an honour share a birth day with such an extraordinary human bean.

Me taking an artsy photo of my belly.
Me in hospital, about 5 hours into a very slow labour!

Poetry working its magic in the community….

As we continue to move past the pandemic, glimmers of art show up at vaccination centres and community spaces in the form of poetry! Thank you Christopher for sharing these photos you too of two of my Resilience poems! I hope they are bringing magic and hope!


Next Wednesday! The Joy of Editing!

Have you registered to join us yet? Please do! We look forward to talking about our writer/editor love story with you!

Reading & Discussion with Vanessa Shields and Editor/Poet Abigail Roelens about the writer/editor relationship and all its joys!


Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM EST

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 

When: Jun 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Thimbles: the Joy of Editing
Register in advance for this webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ORzI_8mcTxyeaWHISQhbjA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thank you to the League of Canadian Poets for a grant for this event!


Have you heard of a Bookfomercial?

It’s a thing! Take a look at Newfoundland writer Charis Cotter’s bookfomercial on her latest middle-grade kids’ book, The Dollhouse. You bet it’s another stellar and spooky ghost story!

3 thoughts on “Poem 147 – Remembering birth & more

  1. love this Vanessa… and so impressed by the shots of your poetry at vaccination clinics! and such great poetry too. you’re rockin it!

    Charis

    On Thu, 27 May 2021 at 12:48, VANESSA SHIELDS, writer wrote:

    > Vanessa Shields posted: ” Tomorrow Jett and I celebrate our birthdays! I > can’t help but think about where I was, what my body was doing/feeling, how > close we were to meeting the giant-sized baby in my belly…that fateful > May 27th, 2006 when we had no idea what was ahead.” >

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  2. Wow, beautiful.  Where were your poems posted? At a vaccination center? You’re going to be the Maya Angelou of Canada. Hugs, Mark

    This is one of several covers I’m considering.

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