On Writing

Poem 150 – to step aside & the Joy of Editing & submissions

to step aside

slow & steady wins the race
except I’m not in a race & I get that now
oh, what sweet relief to let my arms
drop to my side
to weaken the heaving &
expand the intake of breath
what conscious exaltation to step aside
but keep stepping forward backward sideways
to sit or roll down a hill into oblivion of observation
& float on contemplation
nod to mermaids & slide my palm
over the vibrant grey of bumpy humpback whale belly
oh, the braille of mammal skin!
I am learning to read to heed the secrets
of this flavour of Time

This Thursday! Virtual Book Tour Next Stop – Montreal!

Join us! Editor Abigal Roelens and I talk about our editorial relationship and bringing Thimbles to her best life! Learn about what makes a stellar editor and how to be an empowered writer! Please register for the webiner!

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!

Submission calls, um that end tomorrow!

CBC Poetry Prize: Deadline tomorrow! Huge prizes and mad props. I submit every year…shall you join me? Nope, it’s not free.



Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Region: The 36th Annual Banister Poetry Contes

The Niagara Branch of Canadian Authors is holding its annual contest for residents of Ontario. All poems must be in English and previously unpublished. Entry fee is $15 for three poems and $4 for each additional poem (no epics please). Number of entries is unlimited. Prizes are: 1st: $300; 2nd: $200; 3rd $100.

For details: www.canauthorsniagara.org/poetry-contest/

Deadline is May 31st, 2021 (posted by date).

This year’s judge is Dr.Elspeth Cameron.

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