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  • Eddies 

    March 23, 2006, 15:12

    Over ice, the water lies almost turquoise Surprising: Is it captured from the sky This bluish stuff? Mechanically, I suppose it is. But that’s the…

    • Riverrun 

      March 23, 2006, 15:11

      Riverrun has always been one of my favourite words. Our summer cottage is on an island in the middle of the magestic (rivers are riddled with visual cliches)…

    • . . . past Eve and Adam’s . . . 

      March 23, 2006, 15:12

      James Joyce certainly wrote for true readers, people energized by words in their infinite combinations. I do not know if I am a true reader; I think that there…

  • Reviews 

    March 23, 2006, 15:13

    Reviews in this blog are reviews of plays I have seen. I subscribe to seasons of English theatre at Ottawa’s National Art Centre (NAC) in the Theatre and in…

    • Brief Theatre Resume 

      March 23, 2006, 15:13

      Member: Writers’ Unit, National Arts Centre Associate Member: Playwrights’ Guild of Canada Co-Author: Theatre Arts (OSSTF 1969) Principal, chief…

    • List of Reviews 

      May 22, 2008, 19:28

      %Reviews%

  • My Blogging Process 

    March 23, 2006, 15:24

    On wordcurrents, all my creative writing (particularly the poetry) is up for revision; consequently, you may notice that a particular poem changes from day to…

    • Privacy 

      March 23, 2006, 15:14

      There once was a farmer who, rejoicing in his bountiful harvest, decided to give a great feast to which he invited every one of his friends and neighbours. His…

    • Hmmmmm 

      March 23, 2006, 15:25

      Look upon him who tells you your faults as if he told you of hidden treasure, for he is the wise man who shows you the dangers of life. Follow him: who…

    • The job of a poem 

      April 10, 2006, 11:05

      One of the jobs of a poem, as I see it, is to disorient you so that your perceptions are shaken up so that you can become receptive to new perception. For that…

    • Making sense of all this 

      September 28, 2006, 11:44

      Frustration I notice that visitors to this site are starting to become frustrated by the growing volume of work; I notice that I am becoming frustrated by…

    • Copyright 

      March 23, 2006, 15:14

      As a discipline, I have set myself the task of composing each of the works (unless tagged “Archive”) here in the blog editor on the day posted. As a…

  • Podcasts 

    February 16, 2009, 15:39

    riverwriter reads and comments on his poetry. At the bottom of each post is a podcast player with adjustable volume control. "The Allegory of the…

  • About riverwriter 

    October 3, 2009, 23:36

    wordcurrents is a torrent of poetry, theatre reviews and opinions emanating from the brain of Douglas Hill, who used to teach and now spends his time…

    • Contact riverwriter 

      June 11, 2009, 20:45

      Why you might want to contact riverwriter: 1. You are a fan, and you are too shy to write  a fan letter in public. 2. You want to know who could be…

    • Riverwriter 

      March 23, 2006, 15:21

      Riverwriter is the blogging pseudonym of Doug Hill, the jovial barbershopper in the photo, but otherwise, a poet, playwright, editor, commentator, and critic…

  • Who's on line 

    October 21, 2009, 12:31

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  • Lists 

    March 21, 2009, 15:09

    These are lists of poems by subject

  • Misc. 

    March 21, 2009, 15:32

    The rest of the information

    • Blog Stats 

      January 16, 2009, 16:09

      user_count: post_count: page_count: comment_count: trackback_count: avg_comments_per_post: category_count: tag_count: link_count: pagerank:…

    • RSS Feeds 

      March 23, 2006, 15:15

      RSS is easy to use if you know how; it gives you ways to find out when new items have been posted on a site. The easiest way to use these feeds is to use an…

    • wordcurrents Guest Book 

      February 5, 2007, 15:18

      Please comment in the space below. This is a good place to make general comments or just to say hello.

    • The blog about this blog 

      October 15, 2006, 15:15

      Yeah, I'm writing a blog about wordcurrents. It's called platinum river, and it's on Blogger I decided to write it  because there is not relly a place here…

  • Site Map 

    June 18, 2010, 19:23

    This page contains the site table of contents. Use it to quickly find content on this website.


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  • Category: Creative writing  (206)
    • Dad was a Drunk 

      November 15, 2016, 11:49

      Perspective on a youth spent under the tyranny of a drunk.

    • Metastasis 

      September 17, 2008, 08:10

      On the morning of the fourth day, Joe Toadamundo awoke to find a large fleshy mass lying in bed with him. It was pink and stank of diesel oil. He shrank away…

    • Fountain (IBPC Honorable Mention) 

      June 14, 2008, 23:03

      I just received word that the most recent draft of "Fountain" (first posted in wordcurrents March 16, 2008) has received an Honorable Mention in the May…

    • bling 

      February 7, 2008, 07:43

      Candles gutter on greasy desk clutter of intentions quill pots and ink stacks and scrolls vermillion stick hot seal drips onto parchment edge his fist…

    • Tilting at snowfall (revised) 

      February 3, 2008, 07:04

      Snow soon howls down wind carved broken moon sky cowled Queen glares rise knight lash armour tight cinch throaty drains with wool gather lungs bellowed…

    • Category: exercise  (7)
      • sexy 

        January 11, 2007, 23:33

        Oh his cigarette smoke was curling 'round his blonde hair like a halo as he leaned against the barberpole on the front of Louie's Barbershop and…

      • Deadline 

        November 12, 2006, 23:05

        As the brain taps out and the deadline looms body and soul are trapped and locked in a cage on a rail that circles this room circles this room like the…

      • digging 

        June 26, 2006, 07:38

        Warm sunlight raises steam from last night's dew the birds subsided from their dawn alarm a lazy turtle slowly trundles down amid the grassy hollows of the…

      • blocked 

        April 29, 2006, 23:27

        To sit and stare at a blank space where words are supposed to be is the enigma that I face today: should I write about nothing or should I pretend there…

      • Haiku: variations on 2 

        March 29, 2006, 23:16

        2: horizontal dawn painting golden verticals silent song for eyes 3: horizontal dawn splashes vertical gold sides onto the tree trunks 4: horiz…

    • Category: new version  (6)
      • Fountain (IBPC Honorable Mention) 

        June 14, 2008, 23:03

        I just received word that the most recent draft of "Fountain" (first posted in wordcurrents March 16, 2008) has received an Honorable Mention in the May…

      • Tilting at snowfall (revised) 

        February 3, 2008, 07:04

        Snow soon howls down wind carved broken moon sky cowled Queen glares rise knight lash armour tight cinch throaty drains with wool gather lungs bellowed…

      • Nodding off to JamesT. 

        December 19, 2007, 11:30

        Christmas is upon us gobbling cheese logs fruitcake and wide-eyed villagers indiscriminately. The ravenous beast hovers drooling over the watchful…

      • Soft diamonds 

        April 10, 2006, 21:26

        Driving down county road 34 no music, no radio just hoping for silence for peace and lucid driving late on a sharp cool night the darkness beyond…

      • Haiku: variations on 2 

        March 29, 2006, 23:16

        2: horizontal dawn painting golden verticals silent song for eyes 3: horizontal dawn splashes vertical gold sides onto the tree trunks 4: horiz…

    • Category: playscript  (2)
      • Vignette: Two old guys walking in heavy traffic 

        January 14, 2014, 20:56

        Tommy:     So, do you get out much? Walter:     Sorry? Tommy:     So you go walking often? Walter:     Oh, I have some lozenges,  but I…

      • Old Wife’s Tale 

        February 15, 2006, 12:45

        Old Wife’s Tale A Dramatic Monologue Published in Monologues Selected from Playwrights Union of Canada 1996-1997 International Monologue Competition (PUC…

  • Category: Poetry  (1168)
    • Process 

      February 15, 2017, 07:49

      How to create a body of work.

    • The Silence 

      February 12, 2017, 19:32

      Modern escapism.

    • Stone Cold Love 

      February 9, 2017, 22:22

      You have seen parent v. child in grocery stores. Oh, yes.

    • Date 

      January 26, 2017, 23:59

      Even the uncomfortable can be an adventure, if you understand it.

    • Time shift 

      January 22, 2017, 21:47

      I found a pack of letters written before we were married, more than a half-century ago. Ya gotta laff.

    • Category: philology  (19)
      • Philology XIX 

        June 29, 2006, 22:30

        baritone in barbershop four part harmony the bass creates the foundation the lead sings the melody the tenor is the icing on the cake and the baritone…

      • Philology XVIII 

        June 22, 2006, 22:14

        cheese say the word for a photographer anticipate it with a friendly wine and conversation in a woody room resplendent with joyous Monet dreamy Chagall…

      • Philology XVII 

        June 15, 2006, 23:27

        pasta vino in tumblers soft flickering candle light the click of dishes romantic music somewhere voices bantering chuckling swingy Italian accents hea…

      • Philology XVI 

        June 1, 2006, 13:20

        mime tiny precise control the mime creates his universe as we do ours his duality within duality he believes but knows he created it unlike ours po…

      • Philology XV 

        May 26, 2006, 15:15

        velour onstage backstage soft substantial heavy light absorbing a panel of black velour can be infinity backstage during a blackout run into a panel…

    • Category: concrete verse  (3)
      • To the gathering 

        January 1, 2010, 13:17

        One of the reasons I admire Oscar Wilde: we were proposing toasts last night a wonderful party. (#1021)

      • Nice voter, good boy 

        October 9, 2006, 15:02

        Elect Skeffington ********* your X here ********* produces ***** * joy * joy * joy * joy * ******* on election night And not much else until the…

      • noiseless patient cat watches water dripping 

        March 13, 2006, 18:12

        D r i i i i i i i i i i i i                   ! i            k i       n i    i i  l plink!

    • Category: Haikus  (16)
      • Red 

        September 24, 2009, 23:51

        We went for a drive today: the leaves, oh, the leaves! (#922)

      • Haiku (14) Anticipation IV 

        September 20, 2006, 22:22

        Sunrise behind me: I see our island's shadow On other islands.

      • Haiku (13) 

        September 19, 2006, 11:08

        Far river weedbeds Vertical hatches in hor- -izontal patches

      • Haiku (12) Joy on being released 

        August 23, 2006, 15:32

        The doctor who signed My release is smiling The day is sunny Original: A very nice doctor Told me I can go home It's sunny today

      • Haiku (11) 

        August 10, 2006, 12:06

        Writing until light Draws insects out of the dark And into the ink

    • Category: serial  (361)

      poetry published in serial linked parts

      • Date 

        January 26, 2017, 23:59

        Even the uncomfortable can be an adventure, if you understand it.

      • Groan 

        March 30, 2014, 08:53

        So, it's snowing like hell outside, on this 30th day of our mad March.

      • The Sixth 

        March 29, 2014, 09:13

        Snow coming again, they say. And after all the lovely gray rain. Fifty Shades of Spring.

      • Lo, How a Spring ere Blooming 

        March 20, 2014, 11:33

        Fourth false Spring, anyone? Reflections on that with a nod to another poet's famous song.

      • Never-Spring 

        March 11, 2014, 22:55

        Yes, Spring pretends to visit us for the third time in 2014. How many more, O liar?

      • Category: lotus eaters  (160)

        about people who are not facing the here and now, but have to be there and then on cell phones and ipods

        • So much for blue 

          January 5, 2014, 11:40

          Some people are simply half empty; they suck life out of us.

        • Days 

          January 5, 2012, 12:02

          Texting and those ubiquitous phones are training our brains to be autistic. Look up once in a while! (#1103)

        • Sing a Song of Suspense 

          November 7, 2011, 12:42

          Meditation about love in the world. (#1100)

        • The Silence of the Lotus Eaters 

          September 9, 2010, 10:39

          We entomb our lives in electronic fortresses. #1082

        • concupiscible 

          April 28, 2010, 22:55

          NaPoWriMo day 28: we went out after barbershop practice tonight, for a beer. (#1079)

      • Category: thoughts below ground  (165)
        • Date 

          January 26, 2017, 23:59

          Even the uncomfortable can be an adventure, if you understand it.

        • The Irony of Cohen's "Hallelujah" 

          November 17, 2016, 19:27

          Sometimes we should pay attention to the words in a song. Musing upon covers of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

        • Groan 

          March 30, 2014, 08:53

          So, it's snowing like hell outside, on this 30th day of our mad March.

        • The Sixth 

          March 29, 2014, 09:13

          Snow coming again, they say. And after all the lovely gray rain. Fifty Shades of Spring.

        • Lo, How a Spring ere Blooming 

          March 20, 2014, 11:33

          Fourth false Spring, anyone? Reflections on that with a nod to another poet's famous song.

    • Category: Sapphic stanzas  (3)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapphic_stanza

      • poet warrior 

        November 21, 2008, 00:12

        Seems obscene, the thought of a poet fighting: John McCrae, obscenely, in Flanders, writing caught in ink obscenity's final purpose writing in Flanders. …

      • illusion 

        November 2, 2006, 23:09

        Looking healthy, smelling like fruit or flowers — false intentions denigrate life unpowered; simple pleasures ought to be more respected: nature…

      • Remembrance at the War Museum 

        October 13, 2006, 15:33

        Autumn maples’ usual reds are muted. Even oaks’ baronial golds glow softer; leaden clouds deliver dim hints of winter: seasonal changes. Wartime…

    • Category: found poem  (5)
      • sometimes I wonder (revisited) 

        October 23, 2008, 14:04

        Sometimes I wonder if she ever existed. —found poem Sometimes I wonder if she ever existed. Only a smile now a gesture copper hair flashing she fades…

      • splashing around 

        June 11, 2008, 17:35

        Let's be concise: Living in hospitals is like diving in swimming pools— the exit can be problematic. Sign above urinal: "Please do not throw thi…

      • conversation 

        October 14, 2007, 10:46

        The only ones who knew were either dead or Disraeli —Alan at dinner I held this observation through dinner like a hobo filching bread from a soup…

      • thud—thoughts on a found poem 

        September 25, 2007, 22:20

        Cornwall Ontario Canada A city with a world of possibilities Un monde de possibilités <The city's newly minted motto The full open bellows…

      • eleven words 

        December 1, 2006, 11:07

        nutagaq: new fresh powder snow qiqsruqaq: glazed snow in thaw time sitliq: hard crusty snow auksalaq: melting snow aniu: packed snow aniuvak: snow…

    • Category: oral  (2)
      • Circling the Moon 

        March 28, 2009, 20:00

        I invoke the spirit of Jack Wright whose light was the heart of our theatre Rosamund Laberge who awoke the strings in our children Berenice Dickson who…

      • dot ca 

        June 19, 2008, 11:28

        dot ca I'm there I say bloggin' on the internet for all today puttin' out a message for the word gourmet lookin' for some creds on the dot ca dot…

    • Category: fragments  (1)
      • busy busy 

        November 16, 2008, 11:23

        things that sting: hornets and scorpions no regard for the skin they score upon wasps and nettles sting what they settle on everything out for its own…

    • Category: Guest poems  (1)
      • Guest poem by Katie Baker  

        October 12, 2009, 11:32

        This poem was submitted by family friend Katie Baker, whose cottage, near ours, is undergoing substantial renovations.

    • Category: rap  (1)
      • Polar Vortex, eh? 

        January 9, 2014, 07:32

        Egads, my first rap-id verse here. Ya gotta tap them feets to get warm, peeps!

  • Category: Reviews  (69)
  • Category: Boppin'  (29)
    • Polar Vortex, eh? 

      January 9, 2014, 07:32

      Egads, my first rap-id verse here. Ya gotta tap them feets to get warm, peeps!

    • wet 

      January 6, 2014, 05:52

      A little heat for two in a shower, or anywhere really . . .

    • cat-action 

      October 18, 2009, 23:08

      Okay, so I play with our cat; or maybe she plays with me—or she plays me . . . (#946)

    • dimension shift 

      November 20, 2008, 00:27

      when the whiskey jack sang he could be a chickadee or a finch or osprey his craft was stand-up heaven on a twig in the forest and the forest…

    • New 

      November 14, 2008, 19:54

      when a bright yellow crocus magics itself up through the old winter crud we crow with delight for spring has come old birds of fall that used to call…

  • Category: Mild-mannered opinion  (86)
    • The Irony of Cohen's "Hallelujah" 

      November 17, 2016, 19:27

      Sometimes we should pay attention to the words in a song. Musing upon covers of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

    • A Sneaky Word 

      January 24, 2014, 23:18

      Sometimes, instead of being swayed by a speaker's words, we should think about what the words really mean.

    • Dies Ires 

      December 20, 2012, 16:34

      The deaths of 20 school children have not led us to the best changes that could happen. Let's change that outcome.

    • Which is the problem? Guns or brains? 

      December 17, 2012, 11:56

      The NRA could become a player in Mental Health, the most important modern issue our society faces. If USA starts, can Canada be far behind?

    • Days 

      January 5, 2012, 12:02

      Texting and those ubiquitous phones are training our brains to be autistic. Look up once in a while! (#1103)

  • Category: on poetry  (21)
    • The Irony of Cohen's "Hallelujah" 

      November 17, 2016, 19:27

      Sometimes we should pay attention to the words in a song. Musing upon covers of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

    • Inside my head 

      January 7, 2014, 07:47

      Some interwoven triplets on a poet's mind

    • Poetry: j'accuse! 

      March 21, 2010, 14:43

      An essay in which I argue for the place of modern poetry in popular consciousness.

    • Impatient Page 

      January 27, 2010, 23:43

      Concerning the process of writing. Not easy. (#1043)

    • inevitable 

      October 10, 2009, 23:44

      Closing the cottage can be inspirational and surprising. (#938)

  • Category: On the process of Writing  (50)
  • Category: explanatory  (4)
    • hiatus 

      January 15, 2010, 20:41

      For the last five days, I have been incapacitated by influenza. Some thoughts on that. (#1031)

    • New feature: View Count 

      January 3, 2009, 19:33

      Just beside the "Print the Post below" link above each post is a new piece of into: "views (ignores bots)". This feature starts taking stats today, so it shows…

    • New Look 

      December 24, 2008, 14:14

      The new theme is called "Inanis Glass". You can change the background by clicking on the little bubble at the left end of the bottom of the page, and selecting…

    • About “Symbols simples” 

      March 9, 2006, 12:09

      My intent yesterday, in writing this little poem — which appears in yesterday’s entry below — was to create a new symbol for “love”, in…

  • Category: Sonnets  (48)
    • Photographed meditating in the shade of a single palm 

      January 13, 2014, 10:45

      I wrote this after I saw a photo posted on FaceBook. In winter, notherners tend to fantasize about far away beaches . . .

    • The through 

      April 6, 2010, 23:31

      NaPoWriMo Day 6: Looking to avoid backing into a parking lot rear-ender. (#1057)

    • Impatient Page 

      January 27, 2010, 23:43

      Concerning the process of writing. Not easy. (#1043)

    • corner 

      January 22, 2010, 10:38

      It's that good old solstice polka, everybody! Let's all dance! (#1038)

    • ka-chunk, ka-chunk . . . 

      September 22, 2009, 06:41

      Yes, it's a Petrarchan sonnet and a bit dense in both senses of the word. (#920)

  • Category: photos  (8)
    • Photographed meditating in the shade of a single palm 

      January 13, 2014, 10:45

      I wrote this after I saw a photo posted on FaceBook. In winter, notherners tend to fantasize about far away beaches . . .

    • album 

      April 4, 2010, 22:05

      NaPoWriMo Day 4: I examine an old photograph album that my mother assembled before I was born. (#1055)

    • Snow and leaves 

      October 29, 2008, 10:57

      It is unusual to have leaves on the trees when we have snow. Here are a few results. Each time you click a photo, it will enlarge. To return here, click the…

    • The hole 

      October 23, 2008, 23:06

      With autumn rains coming, I wonder when Pitt Street or Fourth Street (or both) will slide into here. Work on the site seems to have stopped. That's Pitt Street…

    • Vagabond Theatre's Halloween Show  

      October 29, 2007, 11:43

      This was a lot of fun. I am not reviewing it because I was one of the assistant directors. Let's just say it was fun. The show, presented at Ste. Croix…

  • Category: Screeds  (53)

    Angry? You won’t like me when I’m angry . . .

    • The Irony of Cohen's "Hallelujah" 

      November 17, 2016, 19:27

      Sometimes we should pay attention to the words in a song. Musing upon covers of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

    • The Fifth 

      March 23, 2014, 08:03

      So, yes,, folks that was our fifth false spring — after the damn teasing equinox.

    • Not again, briefly 

      March 14, 2014, 18:27

      Fourth Spring. Pu-lease!

    • Never-Spring 

      March 11, 2014, 22:55

      Yes, Spring pretends to visit us for the third time in 2014. How many more, O liar?

    • First Spring 

      January 17, 2014, 12:58

      When I was a kid in the north, we had one Spring each year, in April. I got on my bike, and that was that. But here, in southern Ont. . .

  • Category: Archive  (5)
    • archive: in perpetual schottische 

      February 16, 2009, 15:10

      in perpetual schottishe Tune your pipes and honk ’em up lad and sup on the whiskey we gi’ you for tartan is flying and summer is glad and the…

    • Fountain (IBPC Honorable Mention) 

      June 14, 2008, 23:03

      I just received word that the most recent draft of "Fountain" (first posted in wordcurrents March 16, 2008) has received an Honorable Mention in the May…

    • From the Archive: "Green Christmas" 

      January 6, 2007, 15:28

      Green Christmas ******* — middle of the carol of devotion They felt warm air wash — snow ebb — and they shivered *******— and soon the crisp…

    • On/Kind/Ness 

      May 13, 2006, 12:32

      This article is reprinted from The 21 1982-3 #13 March 11 — this was the Newsletter of District 21, Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation; I was the…

    • Old Wife’s Tale 

      February 15, 2006, 12:45

      Old Wife’s Tale A Dramatic Monologue Published in Monologues Selected from Playwrights Union of Canada 1996-1997 International Monologue Competition (PUC…

  • Category: Monologue  (2)
    • As soon as I put down my toad 

      February 15, 2006, 22:48

      I was Making peach pie — Making, The act that precedes Baking — Baking is a scene Between Making & Eating — So: I was making peach pie…

    • Old Wife’s Tale 

      February 15, 2006, 12:45

      Old Wife’s Tale A Dramatic Monologue Published in Monologues Selected from Playwrights Union of Canada 1996-1997 International Monologue Competition (PUC…

  • Category: variations  (5)
    • Pasture 

      April 21, 2010, 22:51

      1. Heat oozes off the spring grass sweet, musky like a lover's thigh. I want to be a spring colt, bury my face in lush turf, munch the hot green…

    • Nodding off to JamesT. 

      December 19, 2007, 11:30

      Christmas is upon us gobbling cheese logs fruitcake and wide-eyed villagers indiscriminately. The ravenous beast hovers drooling over the watchful…

    • Leaving (2) 

      October 25, 2007, 06:17

      They really didn’t shovel earth onto the gleaming wood and brass, but they might as well; they lowered it through plastic turf that’s supposed to pass…

    • Sh!! 

      May 6, 2006, 23:56

      This pit of fear is not like all the others The pre-battle pit where friends say goodbye wills are signed letters dispatched harmonicas played dear sara I…

    • Haiku: variations on 2 

      March 29, 2006, 23:16

      2: horizontal dawn painting golden verticals silent song for eyes 3: horizontal dawn splashes vertical gold sides onto the tree trunks 4: horiz…

  • Category: dramatic monologues  (16)

    single speaker, listener

    • one-up 

      November 7, 2009, 16:55

      Sometimes, maybe it's better to listen and nod sympathetically. (#966)

    • legal question 

      September 3, 2009, 18:35

      Another way of looking at the stupid weather we had this summer. (#895)

    • insidious 

      January 22, 2009, 08:15

      Just a minute, Charmaine: I see one over there—shit! That bitch beat me to it! I'll have to get back to you— No, I'm in the hardware section; you know,…

    • coffee stop 

      April 21, 2008, 07:09

      I prefer booths; these tables are too close together, but not enough like a Paris café: where's the arrogant waiter tyrannizing between the tables? These…

    • . . . than a sick husband 

      February 5, 2008, 10:20

      All wives know this for fact: There is no one sicker than a sick husband. I totally agree: and as you know, I am no wife. I tried to make a list of…

  • Category: snow  (98)
    • The Fifth 

      March 23, 2014, 08:03

      So, yes,, folks that was our fifth false spring — after the damn teasing equinox.

    • Never-Spring 

      March 11, 2014, 22:55

      Yes, Spring pretends to visit us for the third time in 2014. How many more, O liar?

    • Snug 

      January 25, 2014, 10:21

      A little contrast between expectation and reality.

    • First Spring 

      January 17, 2014, 12:58

      When I was a kid in the north, we had one Spring each year, in April. I got on my bike, and that was that. But here, in southern Ont. . .

    • January Thaw! 

      January 12, 2014, 09:16

      And now, for something completely different: if it isn't one thing, it's another.

  • Category: trip west  (14)
    • Dinner for nine IV 

      December 24, 2006, 14:46

      As I savored the tender delicately spiced chicken in steamed rice onion gentle ginger the serving girl softly refilled my water glass and generous…

    • Champagne at Jasper 

      December 23, 2006, 17:22

      Misty snow shrouds the mountains as we sit in Jasper station champagne and hors d'oevres soften the afternoon in the dome car conversations skirt casual…

    • wagon train, the book 

      December 22, 2006, 15:50

      page after page of grey mist cross hatched by dark pale snow laden trees underscored by scrupulously designed bridges punctilious signage desultory…

    • Sleepless in Errington 

      December 19, 2006, 11:57

      Reviewing birthing injustices and strange family situations has left me gasping for sleep late in a strange dark bed The silence in this house in the…

    • Belly 

      December 18, 2006, 23:40

      My belly like my heart is crammed with goodness sausages pie scrambled eggs short juicy sticky ribs stick to your ribs rice and discussions of chocolate …

  • Category: alexandrine lines  (2)
    • Meeting of the writers' club 

      June 18, 2007, 23:46

      So used are we to writing in our solitudes that when we meet we sit around and wait for someone else to do that which will break this mood that makes us…

    • Italian Restaurent 

      February 9, 2007, 21:26

      A reservation is a must, and we have one; the owner sees us to our table, calm, polite; and even as we seat ourselves, the waitress comes: fresh water,…

  • Category: Essay  (5)
    • Letter: Does Cornwall Need an Arts Coordinator? 

      January 20, 2015, 23:06

      An ex-president of the now defunct Seaway Arts Council weighs in.

    • An Arts Centre for Cornwall? 

      January 4, 2014, 16:16

      Pros and Cons: what are your issues? Your opinion is welcome.

    • Poets: the new novelists 

      December 31, 2008, 13:03

      The Internet is rewiring our brains, according to Nicholas Carr's July/August 2008 Atlantic Monthly article, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"—I agree with…

    • Doctor Whizbang's Elixir! 

      September 11, 2008, 12:10

      Here's an idea I am playing with, in draft form. I'm going to revise it over the next few days. There's a story about The Great Carouso that someone once…

    • Essay: Tic-Tock, Tick-Talk 

      February 13, 2007, 18:53

      As I meander into my dotage, I notice that life tends to mirror autumn, that season when the days get shorter and shorter; and I also notice that some of the…

  • Category: barbershop singing  (11)
    • Watching somebody else 

      January 29, 2012, 10:43

      In 1967, I played Harold Hill in The Music Man. Soon after, I heard movie star Van Johnson (live in Montreal), who had just played it on the road, call Harold…

    • concupiscible 

      April 28, 2010, 22:55

      NaPoWriMo day 28: we went out after barbershop practice tonight, for a beer. (#1079)

    • inside the music 

      October 16, 2009, 23:58

      Our quartet, Acapellics Anonymous performed in the show tonight, to great applause. (#944)

    • newbie 

      October 7, 2009, 23:31

      There are new members in our barbershop chorus. (#935)

    • Review: The Music Man by Meredith Wilson  

      March 7, 2009, 22:29

      A review of Hudson Musical Theatre's production of The Music Man by Meredith Wilson. Highlights are the voice of Marie-Claude L'écuyer as Marian Paroo and…

  • Category: scapes  (105)
  • Category: cats  (26)

    poems about cats

    • Getting to Know You 

      March 6, 2011, 14:55

      The "Cat Wars" continue. Negotiations enter a new stage. #1092

    • Writing with a cat on my lap 

      February 27, 2011, 22:56

      This piece is the first on the current cat wars in our house. #1091

    • glass, silk, ebony, fur 

      January 23, 2010, 23:38

      Grief can catch you unaware. (#1039)

    • Cat dance 

      November 13, 2009, 09:59

      And sometimes, I watch Katisha (pronounced cat-i-shaw) our beautiful, long slim brown Abyssinian. (#972)

    • after 

      September 16, 2009, 22:28

      Elegy for Circe, my old kat. (#914)in one go for

  • Category: political asides  (11)
    • An Arts Centre for Cornwall? 

      January 4, 2014, 16:16

      Pros and Cons: what are your issues? Your opinion is welcome.

    • indelible 

      December 16, 2008, 08:26

      From the tall Roman aquaduct that survives in the heart of Firenze, windows and doors peer casually like eyes from within the sockets of a polished ancient…

    • beige 

      June 23, 2008, 18:14

      Uncomfortable Listen to a joke in Czech or Serb and wonder if you should laugh at the end or ruin the mood Walk alone into a party…

    • dot ca 

      June 19, 2008, 11:28

      dot ca I'm there I say bloggin' on the internet for all today puttin' out a message for the word gourmet lookin' for some creds on the dot ca dot…

    • from Black Jack's basement 

      May 27, 2008, 11:33

      So now it's okay to be late by a day or a month or a week with assignments; and please don't admit that you copied a bit it's all right: copyright's a…

  • Category: aging  (137)
    • Dad was a Drunk 

      November 15, 2016, 11:49

      Perspective on a youth spent under the tyranny of a drunk.

    • Don't Mumble 

      April 22, 2011, 11:09

      Watching wondering about the previous generation. Can we find out what we need to know before we know we need to know it? #1095

    • these old poems 

      February 12, 2011, 07:56

      Poetry digs into old wounds or sows new seeds — you take your choice. #1088

    • Skin 

      January 24, 2011, 12:50

      Be careful what you wish for; it's like asking an Oracle for certainty (#1086)

    • Haunted 

      April 30, 2010, 22:55

      NaPoWriMo day 30: I scribbled the draft of this in the minute or two just before I fell asleep last night. (#1081)

  • Category: river poems  (25)

    The St. Lawrence River is huge and complicated

    • He called it swimming 

      January 11, 2014, 09:04

      Grief can change a person for a time, physically, even. This piece may be a fragment of a larger work. We'll see, won't we?

    • Smokes 

      April 9, 2010, 23:47

      NaPoWriMo day 9: we have a little problem with certain organized boaters who smuggle cigarettes across the river here. (#1060)

    • concert 

      October 21, 2009, 23:33

      I took a run down the river to the marina to store the boat for the winter. (#949)

    • Idyll 

      October 20, 2009, 18:59

      Avoiding goose poop isn't always a walk in the park. (#948)

    • inevitable 

      October 10, 2009, 23:44

      Closing the cottage can be inspirational and surprising. (#938)

  • Category: alphabet  (25)
    • Z 

      April 21, 2007, 07:31

      I dream of "Z" . . . . "Z" is a stable form of "S" but an unstable form of "N" and a half-assed "X" Zombie is the perfect "Z" word: living but partly…

    • Y 

      April 20, 2007, 11:35

      Y is male is that an affirmation or a question? Too many Ys create a problem Let's just look at some words: Youth Yellow York Yak Yule Yiddish …

    • X 

      April 19, 2007, 21:10

      "X" is the utility letter used by illiterates to sign documents and virtually everyone to vote. Aside from the faithful Xylophone and Xenophobe And…

    • W 

      April 18, 2007, 12:05

      Now, here's a solid letter, seemingly a case of two unstable "V"'s teaming up to help each other out. Sort of a letterhood thing: "W" Kinda makes…

    • V 

      April 17, 2007, 22:56

      "V" teeters on a point; spinning, it forms a substantial Vase. "V" is triumphant in Victory Valiant in the face of Vanquishment. "V" is nothing in a…

  • Category: language  (3)
    • ooth care 

      February 27, 2008, 13:33

      Pehaps Pearldrops was first to refer to a Doctor of Dental Surgery as a "denis", when the smiling girl with bright white teeth told me right on TV to…

    • C 

      March 29, 2007, 07:04

      Cat was always my "C" letter: when a cat sat, its back was a "C"; but like a cat "C" was ambiguous sometimes hard, sometimes soft: "cease" had the soft…

    • yer Gretzkys 

      February 20, 2007, 12:02

      Dagnabit! How many of them was they anyways? The was yer Wayne and yer Walter — but when we talk about yer Gretzkys we're talkin' about yer Wayne, fer…

  • Category: illness  (17)
    • He called it swimming 

      January 11, 2014, 09:04

      Grief can change a person for a time, physically, even. This piece may be a fragment of a larger work. We'll see, won't we?

    • Waiting for the woe 

      March 21, 2011, 11:56

      The worst part about waiting for health news is not the news, but the damn waiting. #1095

    • hiatus 

      January 15, 2010, 20:41

      For the last five days, I have been incapacitated by influenza. Some thoughts on that. (#1031)

    • the healer's hands 

      November 25, 2009, 23:50

      There is a healing that does not involve prescriptions. (#984)

    • prescription 

      November 20, 2009, 09:45

      I just discovered that one of my prescriptions was making me stupid. (#979)

  • Category: experiment  (9)
    • Polar Vortex, eh? 

      January 9, 2014, 07:32

      Egads, my first rap-id verse here. Ya gotta tap them feets to get warm, peeps!

    • The new theme 

      November 14, 2008, 08:04

      The new theme is Vistered Little 1.6 by Nik Iliadis I like the totally different look of this theme, and the way the reader can manipulate it to determine…

    • Metastasis 

      September 17, 2008, 08:10

      On the morning of the fourth day, Joe Toadamundo awoke to find a large fleshy mass lying in bed with him. It was pink and stank of diesel oil. He shrank away…

    • Doctor Whizbang's Elixir! 

      September 11, 2008, 12:10

      Here's an idea I am playing with, in draft form. I'm going to revise it over the next few days. There's a story about The Great Carouso that someone once…

    • (Lone) bird on air (conditioner) 

      May 9, 2008, 17:34

      Bird on air con       -ditioner d'ya think it's ma       -ma's war      …

  • Category: technology  (6)
    • Mercury Retrograde 

      April 20, 2010, 23:15

      NaPoWriMo day 20: I have gone through computer, technology and communications problems like I wouldn't believe, lately. Is mercury retrograde real? (#1071)

    • Poets: the new novelists 

      December 31, 2008, 13:03

      The Internet is rewiring our brains, according to Nicholas Carr's July/August 2008 Atlantic Monthly article, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"—I agree with…

    • aria 

      November 17, 2008, 19:40

      brace legs on the gunwhale hike out against wind's cannons onto sail, mast, horizon wings slice blue above the clouds carve earth's pale hide up to…

    • does not compute 

      March 11, 2008, 21:37

      My wife had a pretty frustrating time today trying to use my computer to send an email. She is not used to my steam-driven machine, and dislikes having to…

    • conversation 

      January 14, 2008, 20:58

      Who else would sit here nodding, pretending to care about whatever comes into my head? I'd like a straw for my juice, please, dear. There was a time I…

  • Category: fun  (44)
    • Vignette: Two old guys walking in heavy traffic 

      January 14, 2014, 20:56

      Tommy:     So, do you get out much? Walter:     Sorry? Tommy:     So you go walking often? Walter:     Oh, I have some lozenges,  but I…

    • Photographed meditating in the shade of a single palm 

      January 13, 2014, 10:45

      I wrote this after I saw a photo posted on FaceBook. In winter, notherners tend to fantasize about far away beaches . . .

    • Polar Vortex, eh? 

      January 9, 2014, 07:32

      Egads, my first rap-id verse here. Ya gotta tap them feets to get warm, peeps!

    • The through 

      April 6, 2010, 23:31

      NaPoWriMo Day 6: Looking to avoid backing into a parking lot rear-ender. (#1057)

    • Podcasting poetry 

      January 21, 2010, 20:26

      I am adding new podcasts to wordcurrents, but I have forgotten how to resolve some of the technical issues. (#1037)

  • Category: blog mechanics  (4)
    • Popular posts 

      June 19, 2010, 08:31

      I was surprised to learn that some of my posts have been viewed much more often than I realized. I think I installed this feature in April of 2008; so that is…

    • New feature: View Count 

      January 3, 2009, 19:33

      Just beside the "Print the Post below" link above each post is a new piece of into: "views (ignores bots)". This feature starts taking stats today, so it shows…

    • New Look 

      December 24, 2008, 14:14

      The new theme is called "Inanis Glass". You can change the background by clicking on the little bubble at the left end of the bottom of the page, and selecting…

    • The new theme 

      November 14, 2008, 08:04

      The new theme is Vistered Little 1.6 by Nik Iliadis I like the totally different look of this theme, and the way the reader can manipulate it to determine…

  • Category: about podcast  (1)
  • Category: NaPoWriMo  (51)

    Written for national Poetry Writing Month

    • Escarpment 

      April 21, 2014, 23:20

      NaPoWriMo 21: We all remember the anticipation of getting away to the holiday place. This was the moment of anticipation: the first view of paradise.

    • Trident 

      April 20, 2014, 23:44

      NaPoWriMo 20: A remnant of times past weaves into legend.

    • Ripple 

      April 19, 2014, 23:38

      NaPoWriMo 19: Retirement is not what you might expect; finally, after thirty years of marriage, you get what you once would have given your soul for: to live…

    • Stone on Stone 

      April 18, 2014, 20:39

      NaPoWriMo 18: 1956 more than a mile underground. I was the rookie in this work. I designed it to be read aloud. "drift" tunnel to the stope. "stope" the work…

    • Pale 

      April 17, 2014, 21:06

      NaPoWriMo 17: a dramatic monologue by the mother of two young boys.

  • Category: Eulogy  (1)
    • Eulogy for Gilles 

      December 6, 2013, 07:23

      The text of the Eulogy I delivered at the Funeral of my friend, Gilles Lacelle, at St. Columban's Church, Cornwall, Ontario Canada, On December 5, 2013.

  • Category: Video  (1)
    • Video of reading of "Transit" 

      December 8, 2013, 12:56

      A video reading by Doug Hill, of his poem "Transit", for the interview by Mary Anne Pankhurst for Cornwall Free News.

  • Category: The Arts  (1)
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