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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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • Misc. 

    March 21, 2009, 15:32

    The rest of the information

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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.

    • 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:…

  • 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…

  • Lists 

    March 21, 2009, 15:09

    These are lists of poems by subject

  • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

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    October 21, 2009, 12:31

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    June 18, 2010, 19:23

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  • Category: about podcast  (1)
  • Category: aging  (137)
    • Putting Away 

      March 19, 2006, 23:11

      What is it that loves to lie in old shelves? Is it slowly browning paper, Baking in the oxygen of time? Is it dreams we hope find again? Cats, hats,…

    • Driving 

      March 5, 2006, 23:44

      I like to drive beside you: My hands steering, Your hands knitting, Both of us facing the road That unfolds like the map Of our conversation — Golden…

    • noun theft 

      March 7, 2007, 11:34

      I am losing my nouns. No, this is serious. Careless, I know, to lose so valuable a commodity; but I am not doing it on purpose: I think some one or…

    • Waiting for grandchildren (a) 

      February 26, 2006, 17:13

      “Could I speak to Mom, please?” I handed the phone to my wife Who had been hanging over my shoulder So closely, I could hear her impatience. Retired…

    • Spray 

      February 14, 2006, 22:59

      The morning I shall expend In doctors’ waiting rooms; Book on knee, pen in hand Ass on chair, hair on head Water in polycarbonate beside Cellphone in…

  • Category: alexandrine lines  (2)
    • 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,…

    • 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…

  • Category: alphabet  (25)
    • A 

      March 27, 2007, 18:27

      I remember imagining "A" as a high-pitched roof with an elevated floor. I remember thinking roof and floor were somehow similar — why the 'ell would I…

    • B 

      March 28, 2007, 16:25

      When I was a kid, "B" looked a lot like a bum — although we called it "bottom" then — which started with the plump curvy letter "B" simultaneously focus…

    • 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…

    • D 

      March 30, 2007, 07:01

      "D" puzzled me, almost right from the start: I was delighted when I discovered "D" started my name and was therefore mine; but I was confused that it…

    • E 

      March 31, 2007, 07:03

      An elephant sitting: "E". A baby elephant sitting holding his trunk: "e". Except for a certain confusion with "3" which had an affinity for "B" "E"…

  • Category: Archive  (5)
    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • Category: barbershop singing  (11)
    • Supper at Schnitzels 

      February 22, 2007, 14:38

      The evening started quietly at Schnitzels: two locals at a table set for eight; is wasn't long before the rest assembled: the quartet, Play It Again!, two…

    • Waiting at Schnitzels 

      September 26, 2007, 22:34

      The same group more or less was sitting eating: the quartet, Play It Again! and some Cornwall guys; goulash and potato salad were worth repeating, and so…

    • Singing In A Quartet 

      September 30, 2008, 17:25

      Tomorrow night, for the first time, I will be practising with an established quartet. I have sung another quartets, and I have really liked the experience.…

    • 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…

    • baritime 

      January 6, 2009, 01:08

      Take apart a barbershop chord: hear those singers croon and moan; craft the harmonies we adore: Lead, Tenor, Bass and Baritone. Lead is the singer who…

  • Category: blog mechanics  (4)
    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • Category: Boppin'  (29)
    • Philology V 

      March 16, 2006, 19:02

      A look at the more engrossing values of “arse”. You might want to compare this piece to “Philology III”. That sounds too much like an…

    • Philology III 

      March 2, 2006, 23:18

      Arse. For too long, “ass” has been king Or perversely, queen: Asshole, piece of ass, embarass — More than toilet paper dragging from the royal…

    • Sonnet Song — in progress 

      March 1, 2006, 12:13

      This is a work in progress, a to-be-tinkered-with revision of “Sonnet Song” — yesterday’s post. There are strange things done in the service of…

    • Sonnet Song 

      March 1, 2006, 04:58

      The challenge of writing this sonnet is that I prefer free verse, and find that any excursion I take into forms such as the sonnet become canted by the…

    • Opera for David 

      February 27, 2006, 01:31

      Longtime great gouts of oxygen Burning fiercely at nostrils’ flare Craven wings dark furred folded Until shrill claxton’s warning Exocet, pinioning…

  • Category: cats  (26)

    poems about cats

    • Snore Up 

      February 13, 2006, 23:42

      Beside me you can sleep, somewhere else, While I, here, watch Stars enchant the black silence, Fade behind the rigid grid Of silver screen Pointless in…

    • cat 

      June 19, 2006, 23:10

      deep green eyes regard me patiently wondering if I am really as dumb as I look At least that's my view of our relationship: you understand me; I am…

    • In the porch 

      August 16, 2006, 10:51

      Swaddled in wool, detective novel on my chest, Idly stroking purring cat, who arches under my hand Until I wonder if her hind legs will rise until They no…

    • grey pink 

      September 5, 2006, 15:00

      My grey and pink buddy with the half-grey, half-pink moustache purrs nearby greyly and pinkly.

    • scaring the cat 

      March 4, 2007, 14:20

      I didn't intend the scare the cat, but I seem to have and that is that. She sits there purring and looking baleful: if I do it again there'll be a…

  • Category: Creative writing  (206)
    • Stonesong 

      March 22, 2006, 23:24

      — vry spring Bill & Johnny Runbythecrick — having looked at the greying snow for some weeks then the lifeless & dead hay that lay under…

    • You’re soaking in it! 

      March 18, 2006, 23:29

      Across the broad rain-scrubbed piazza, A wet warren of windows suggested That section of viaduct had been carved into homes A thousand, two thousand years…

    • Review: Swollen Tongues by Kathleen Oliver 

      March 17, 2006, 08:05

      Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) March 7 - 26, 2006 Performance viewed: March16 James Gilbert: Thomas Sarah McVie: Sonja Maureen Smith:…

    • Philology V 

      March 16, 2006, 19:02

      A look at the more engrossing values of “arse”. You might want to compare this piece to “Philology III”. That sounds too much like an…

    • Driving after sunset 

      March 16, 2006, 04:23

      The drone of the engine, the darkness outside Punctuated by a universe of random lights Something jazzy straining through the radio static Conversations…

    • Category: exercise  (7)
      • Sonnet Song — in progress 

        March 1, 2006, 12:13

        This is a work in progress, a to-be-tinkered-with revision of “Sonnet Song” — yesterday’s post. There are strange things done in the service of…

      • Sonnet Song 

        March 1, 2006, 04:58

        The challenge of writing this sonnet is that I prefer free verse, and find that any excursion I take into forms such as the sonnet become canted by the…

      • 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…

      • 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…

      • 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…

    • Category: new version  (6)
      • Waiting for grandchildren (a) 

        February 26, 2006, 17:13

        “Could I speak to Mom, please?” I handed the phone to my wife Who had been hanging over my shoulder So closely, I could hear her impatience. Retired…

      • 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…

      • 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…

      • 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…

      • 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: playscript  (2)
      • 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…

      • 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…

  • Category: dramatic monologues  (17)

    single speaker, listener

    • looking 

      May 31, 2006, 13:14

      That’s my new grandson waving his little arms over there second blue blanket on the left, kicking his tiny feet: he looks just like his father. They say…

    • theatre (11) 

      June 6, 2006, 20:06

      an episodically published poem link to beginning Late again I can't believe it: he's late again everybody's here, even the kid who's usually out in…

    • reunion: nice to see you 

      July 5, 2006, 15:38

      It's Harry! Harry Melrose! Is it you? I can't believe it's you: you look so old! Last time I saw you, you were only twenty How long's it been since you were…

    • Facelift 

      November 17, 2006, 19:00

      So she smiled, Darling, and it was like she had plaster cheeks: her lips curved up but the rest of her face didn't move. And her eyesbrows were an inch…

    • freakin' drivers 

      January 12, 2007, 19:23

      How many times you see some car meandering driverless, it seems then you realize the driver is some little woman or guy head tipped back so he can see…

  • 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.

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • An Arts Centre for Cornwall? 

      January 4, 2014, 16:16

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

  • 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: experiment  (9)
    • mute 

      November 25, 2007, 21:20

      The mall is fairly jumping and the background music's playing and the kids are in and out of everywhere and the merchants have their goodies out and the…

    • Adeline 

      November 28, 2007, 23:22

      The drive along the South Branch Road was dicey the sky was gone the sun had long since set and snowbanks at the edge were grey and icy the woods were black…

    • Tilting at snowfall (revised again) 

      February 6, 2008, 05:55

      Snow soon howls down wind carved broken moon sky cowled Queen glares knight lash armour tight wool cinch hoarse throat lungs bellow arsenal fire chant…

    • sno blo problo 

      March 2, 2008, 14:54

      Hey Jo my sno blo she no go gots problo Hi Cy call the guy he kno why 'sno go bye Hi guy blo no fly don' kno why yo gon try? Sno blo stix no…

    • (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: explanatory  (4)
    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • hiatus 

      January 15, 2010, 20:41

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

  • Category: fun  (44)
    • 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…

    • Philology III 

      March 2, 2006, 23:18

      Arse. For too long, “ass” has been king Or perversely, queen: Asshole, piece of ass, embarass — More than toilet paper dragging from the royal…

    • noun theft 

      March 7, 2007, 11:34

      I am losing my nouns. No, this is serious. Careless, I know, to lose so valuable a commodity; but I am not doing it on purpose: I think some one or…

    • Bedtime story  

      October 1, 2007, 19:31

      Once upon a time, in a far away land there lived a couple who decided to retire and enjoy the fruits of their labours. So they called together their…

    • Bedtime story (continued)  

      October 23, 2007, 06:11

      But that was all right, because they were adults who, of course, knew what to do. (that's a paradox, kiddies— tell a nearby adult what it means.) Meanwh…

  • Category: illness  (17)
    • wisdom 

      May 10, 2007, 13:37

      The sun strides into the room selectively ignoring her. Her two sons wield coloured markers the elder to draw the younger to scribble joyously. They…

    • a little thing 

      December 24, 2007, 22:30

      My good friend stood in the front hall in hat, coat, snow boots explaining the map of his basement and what to do if— when they arrived through the back…

    • gripped 

      January 9, 2008, 23:33

      Dear Master of the Universe: it has been brought to my attention by certain aches and pains and personal plumbing problems that I have been granted respo…

    • old guy 

      March 15, 2008, 22:19

      shaggy eyebrows ballooning nose ruddy cheeks sagging eyes fingers too big for little things too vague for big things legs walking everywhere but…

    • pivot 

      May 5, 2008, 08:07

      She could have danced into the next life the next sweet feast the next galaxy instead her head is clamped in a vice of adamantine inertia a black hole…

  • Category: language  (3)
    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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: Mild-mannered opinion  (86)
    • Boston Legal — Ex-English Teacher Leaking Out . . . . 

      March 15, 2006, 17:16

      I love Boston Legal in all its forms. I think it’s wonderful that so many major actors have taken part in it; I imagine they like the chemistry of working…

    • Springsong 

      March 11, 2006, 12:01

      Give me a northern spring! Rare, revivifying, joyous: A return to light, to warmth, To the promise of summer. In northern spring, Snowbanks melt, leaving Crysta…

    • Symbols simples 

      March 8, 2006, 23:53

      LOL above: What the world needs now Is not H8 but L’0

    • The Sonnet Form 

      March 6, 2006, 22:44

      I have been told that a sonnet is written in iambic pentameter, and that my “sonnets” are full of iambs and anapaests, and therefore not sonnets. Fa…

    • Next Blog 

      February 16, 2006, 19:39

      I have been trying the “Next Blog” link in the upper right corner of my blog (I don’t know if it is there for non-members). It’s just a…

  • Category: Monologue  (2)
    • 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…

    • 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…

  • Category: NaPoWriMo  (51)

    Written for national Poetry Writing Month

    • Garden Prelude 

      April 1, 2010, 10:59

      I kick off NaPoWriMo with this glance out the back window. (#1052)

    • And Then 

      April 2, 2010, 18:19

      NaPoWriMo day 2: this piece is about what happens after significant moments, but you have to supply that. (#1053)

    • The brothers from Serendip go shopping 

      April 3, 2010, 19:24

      NaPoWriMo Day 3 It was so warm today that a trip to the summer-ready shopping mall seemed entirely apropos. (#1054)

    • album 

      April 4, 2010, 22:05

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

    • Precise 

      April 5, 2010, 19:16

      NaPoWriMo Day 5: I see astronomy in the crotch of a maple tree. (#1056)

  • Category: on poetry  (21)
    • Keeping it fresh 

      March 10, 2006, 15:54

      My resolve to publish a new poem every day is posing me with some intriguing challenges that I had not contemplated when I engaged in this process twenty-four…

    • The Sonnet Form 

      March 6, 2006, 22:44

      I have been told that a sonnet is written in iambic pentameter, and that my “sonnets” are full of iambs and anapaests, and therefore not sonnets. Fa…

    • Sonnet Song — in progress 

      March 1, 2006, 12:13

      This is a work in progress, a to-be-tinkered-with revision of “Sonnet Song” — yesterday’s post. There are strange things done in the service of…

    • Riverwriter in Wonderland 

      February 18, 2006, 06:17

      I just spent several parts of today over at Technorati searching the poetry tags for actual poetry — I’ll never see that day again. I found horrible,…

    • digging 

      May 3, 2006, 23:26

      Like Doctor Frankenstein, the poet desperate to breathe poetry into the blank corpse of random words lying dead on the slab before him digs down through…

  • Category: On the process of Writing  (50)
    • Keeping it fresh 

      March 10, 2006, 15:54

      My resolve to publish a new poem every day is posing me with some intriguing challenges that I had not contemplated when I engaged in this process twenty-four…

    • 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…

    • The Sonnet Form 

      March 6, 2006, 22:44

      I have been told that a sonnet is written in iambic pentameter, and that my “sonnets” are full of iambs and anapaests, and therefore not sonnets. Fa…

    • Sonnet Song — in progress 

      March 1, 2006, 12:13

      This is a work in progress, a to-be-tinkered-with revision of “Sonnet Song” — yesterday’s post. There are strange things done in the service of…

    • Sonnet Song 

      March 1, 2006, 04:58

      The challenge of writing this sonnet is that I prefer free verse, and find that any excursion I take into forms such as the sonnet become canted by the…

  • Category: photos  (8)
    • Spectators: February 23, 2006 

      February 24, 2006, 00:17

      Spectators: February 23, 2006 A University friend from the Carribbean, upon looking out the window and for the first seeing snow, which happened to look like…

    • St. Lawrence River August 2004 

      February 22, 2006, 20:09

      St. Lawrence River August 2004 Here is a view of the river looking south from the Ontario side to the Quebec side. The Quebec border crosses the river just a…

    • no photograph 

      May 25, 2007, 21:38

      The instant of goodbye was gone so fast that no one in the household took it down; nor should they have: like every leaving past, this one had haste, and…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • Category: Poetry  (1173)
    • Putting Away 

      March 19, 2006, 23:11

      What is it that loves to lie in old shelves? Is it slowly browning paper, Baking in the oxygen of time? Is it dreams we hope find again? Cats, hats,…

    • You’re soaking in it! 

      March 18, 2006, 23:29

      Across the broad rain-scrubbed piazza, A wet warren of windows suggested That section of viaduct had been carved into homes A thousand, two thousand years…

    • Review: Swollen Tongues by Kathleen Oliver 

      March 17, 2006, 08:05

      Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) March 7 - 26, 2006 Performance viewed: March16 James Gilbert: Thomas Sarah McVie: Sonja Maureen Smith:…

    • Philology V 

      March 16, 2006, 19:02

      A look at the more engrossing values of “arse”. You might want to compare this piece to “Philology III”. That sounds too much like an…

    • Driving after sunset 

      March 16, 2006, 04:23

      The drone of the engine, the darkness outside Punctuated by a universe of random lights Something jazzy straining through the radio static Conversations…

    • Category: concrete verse  (3)
      • 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!

      • 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…

      • 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)

    • Category: found poem  (5)
      • 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…

      • 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…

      • 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…

      • 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…

      • 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…

    • 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: Haikus  (16)
      • Haiku 1 

        March 4, 2006, 15:21

        Sweet chocolate breeze Born warm in our basswood tree Sing us softly home

      • Haiku 2 

        March 26, 2006, 23:05

        horizontal dawn painting golden verticals silent song for eyes

      • 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…

      • Haiku 6 

        June 24, 2006, 20:00

        bronze-faced sunrise traces golden verticals upon surprised birds

      • Haiku 3 

        April 8, 2006, 09:32

        cat contemplates mouse soft silent-clawed fury glides ballet and murder

    • Category: oral  (2)
      • 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…

      • 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…

    • Category: philology  (19)
      • Philology V 

        March 16, 2006, 19:02

        A look at the more engrossing values of “arse”. You might want to compare this piece to “Philology III”. That sounds too much like an…

      • Philology IV 

        March 9, 2006, 23:40

        Hotdog. We pull to a stop in front Of their woodframe house Set back from the sleepy Oak and maple treed street In downstate New York, A stone’s…

      • Philology III 

        March 2, 2006, 23:18

        Arse. For too long, “ass” has been king Or perversely, queen: Asshole, piece of ass, embarass — More than toilet paper dragging from the royal…

      • Philology II 

        February 23, 2006, 12:13

        Claw. Hard sharp startling dirty primal Not as funny as klaw; Serious, to be staring at the business end of a claw: all kinds of cats: Tigers, tygers,…

      • Philology I 

        February 16, 2006, 23:25

        Soft! Romeo used it in such a way; we do not. We see it on TV to describe toilet paper. Frankly, I don’t care whether TP is soft or not: I just want it…

    • 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: Sapphic stanzas  (3)

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

      • 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…

      • 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. …

    • Category: serial  (362)

      poetry published in serial linked parts

      • theatre (2) 

        May 24, 2006, 23:15

        an episodically published poem link to beginning | previous | next Ego commoror anima Calliopeae retreat put pen to paper fingers to keyboard collab…

      • theatre (3) 

        May 25, 2006, 21:06

        an episodically published poem link to beginning Who is the playwright? How can a playwright create you and come to know you intimately yet he can…

      • theatre (7) 

        June 2, 2006, 19:27

        an episodically published poem link to beginning stand in the light feel it on your body the light holds you on stage it draws you there paints you prese…

      • theatre (8) 

        June 3, 2006, 20:13

        an episodically published poem link to beginning first drawings in ink rough, on good stiff paper art by exigency demands of the stage the plot the…

      • theatre (9) 

        June 4, 2006, 18:53

        an episodically published poem link to beginning research through time for the period of the play well-thumbed histories of costume Internet, memory,…

      • 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

        • lotus eaters 

          April 27, 2007, 10:13

          everyone on the street was somewhere else listening to music words from another time another place physically here but mentally in a concert hall whateve…

        • lotus eaters 1 

          April 28, 2007, 11:12

          driver two one way streets meet I am waiting at a red light for the intersection to clear so I can turn left (legal in Ontario) my car is beside his…

        • lotus eaters 2 

          April 29, 2007, 12:37

          I, poet If I stand by my fireplace before a gathering of friends and start to speak of life, the meaning of of religion, the possibility of of just…

        • lotus eaters 3 

          April 30, 2007, 20:25

          At last the grandchild visits a lovely silent child who smiles shyly sees all investigates with little gurgles of approval the news is on TV and…

        • lostus eaters 4 

          May 1, 2007, 11:39

          tailor lay out the soft wool worsted on the table trace pattern in the thinnest of wax lines now shear the cloth along the cartoon tracings and with thin…

      • Category: thoughts below ground  (166)
        • thinking below ground 

          April 30, 2008, 18:22

          Late in the day when the whether has resolved into the done and can't be returned for a refund, and complaining is still tiresome as teenage logic, an…

        • thoughts below ground 2 

          May 1, 2008, 06:58

          the worms that share this level are excited by the coming warmth but worried about the myth of birds that has spread among them some philosopher…

        • thoughts below ground 3 

          May 2, 2008, 08:25

          there was some concern about an ambiguity that has occurred here in the paradisical aether it is an axiom that the rapture of one plus one results in…

        • thoughts below ground 4 

          May 3, 2008, 08:00

          the ecstasy quaked today with this thought cousin snake has released his grip on the tunnel of bones deep in the aether we felt the heat we…

        • thoughts below ground 5 

          May 4, 2008, 05:50

          the aether is warming again O Best Beloved with tales of our cousin the fire snake who in his unending ecstasy tightly wraps his coils three and a half…

  • Category: political asides  (11)
    • crisp 

      March 5, 2007, 10:45

      Just stepped out the side door for a moment: damn near wiped out; not the footing — hell, I'm agile as a cat when it comes to that — no, it was the…

    • machine 

      March 13, 2007, 18:15

      so correct to rise and set the day's agenda to forget a thousand underbodies who forgotten can be fired it's true before we eat our breakfast grains and…

    • at the arts centre 

      May 12, 2007, 18:54

      so different from the garbage dump with its soft sweet dust and decay so unlike the sleepers of the underpass we all stand in line for the doors to…

    • barking 

      November 2, 2007, 18:18

      1970 Christmas Eve near the Rio Grande in our trailer in the orange grove firecrackers dogs and roosters repeat the bang bark cockadoodle sporadically all…

    • 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…

  • Category: Reviews  (69)
  • Category: river poems  (26)

    The St. Lawrence River is huge and complicated

    • disorientation 

      March 26, 2007, 18:20

      The river is so large so deep so wide we set our compass wrong: we think of north when it's north-west and south when it's south-east. We stand…

    • level floors 

      September 10, 2007, 17:59

      In autumn we return to level floors: no longer barefoot,  drinking air with skin, we leave behind the slamming door that keeps mosquitoes out, cats…

    • How Celeste fell to her sleep 

      September 19, 2007, 22:07

      Celeste smiled coyly, giving Pearl her rings; her earrings found their way to Stella's ears, bracelets to Andrea, clinking away her fears; and then she…

    • 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…

    • rainy river road 

      November 15, 2007, 18:06

      sagging bruised clouds crowded the flat dimpled water glazed the curving roadway to mirror brake lights, headlights bathed the trees and bushes docks and…

  • Category: scapes  (106)
    • SCUBA 

      February 25, 2007, 13:56

      "Self contained underwater breathing apparatus is what it stands for," the tour guide at the front of the bus, also our instructor, explained to us on the…

    • Snow drift 

      March 18, 2007, 16:33

      Wind throws field snow across the road like an angry shoveller cursing the world. As you drive through, it grabs your tires making your car less certain,…

    • disorientation 

      March 26, 2007, 18:20

      The river is so large so deep so wide we set our compass wrong: we think of north when it's north-west and south when it's south-east. We stand…

    • some fine afternoon 

      April 24, 2007, 18:14

      There is a day in spring the grass greens like a waking child vast meadows lawns light up like sky at dawn the day has come it is a declaration…

    • Soft days 

      May 28, 2007, 13:10

      Think of walking on grassy slopes touching a lake or river. How likely is that? A park or golf course, a farm pasture, a private home — a…

  • Category: Screeds  (53)

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

    • Riverwriter in Wonderland 

      February 18, 2006, 06:17

      I just spent several parts of today over at Technorati searching the poetry tags for actual poetry — I’ll never see that day again. I found horrible,…

    • Spray 

      February 14, 2006, 22:59

      The morning I shall expend In doctors’ waiting rooms; Book on knee, pen in hand Ass on chair, hair on head Water in polycarbonate beside Cellphone in…

    • Model T 

      February 13, 2006, 23:58

      That we should have to use a keypad to work our will upon a computer is so — tomorrow. Yes, and tomorrow, we will still be frigging with these crappy pieces…

    • Sweet Print 

      March 27, 2006, 19:51

      Raving on the shores of starry nights While time drags off in clouds athwart the moon I hear the thrum of angel wings in flight And know my time is coming…

    • prostitot 

      May 9, 2006, 23:47

      Probably fourteen maybe twelve a jewel glitters in her bellybutton her tight halter top more than hints it will stay up without artificial sweetners her…

  • Category: snow  (98)
    • nutagaq 

      November 21, 2006, 23:45

      I would look out my bedroom window scanning our withering back yard every morning in late fall watching for snow that would stay and slowly creep up the…

    • 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…

    • sitliq 

      November 23, 2006, 19:50

      the kid wore woollen mittens pinned to his serge wool parka and those navy wool breeches with their laced leggings that looked so much like the Mounties' …

    • auksalaq 

      November 24, 2006, 11:52

      We had trudged across the mile of unbroken sitliq* between our cluster of tents beside the frozen lake and the drill sites on the high ridge every day…

    • aniu 

      November 25, 2006, 10:57

      there came a time when peeing outside the tent — out of sight of the giggling young Inuit women who would play spy-on-the-white-man with anyone…

  • Category: Sonnets  (48)
    • The Sonnet Form 

      March 6, 2006, 22:44

      I have been told that a sonnet is written in iambic pentameter, and that my “sonnets” are full of iambs and anapaests, and therefore not sonnets. Fa…

    • Memories of the summer that was 

      March 3, 2006, 23:48

      Soft winter has not tested us as yet; The snow that lies in leaden lumps stays mute: Days oscillate from dry to cold and wet; And snowbirds’ needs from…

    • Sonnet Song — in progress 

      March 1, 2006, 12:13

      This is a work in progress, a to-be-tinkered-with revision of “Sonnet Song” — yesterday’s post. There are strange things done in the service of…

    • Sonnet Song 

      March 1, 2006, 04:58

      The challenge of writing this sonnet is that I prefer free verse, and find that any excursion I take into forms such as the sonnet become canted by the…

    • Soft Sell 

      February 21, 2006, 18:59

      Spring struck again today without the sun Dark cloud, damp wind, gray ice that oozed gray sweat No sense was there that winter would forget To pitch its…

  • Category: technology  (6)
    • emagic 

      May 27, 2007, 21:43

      Somewhere, inside this metal case, a cloud of magic, some of it black, some white, flows by dint of charms and spells and adds "one" almost infinitely. So…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • Category: The Arts  (1)
  • Category: trip west  (14)
    • Dome car at Sioux Lookout 

      December 8, 2006, 11:43

      Sun takes smiling faces to a whole new level outside a shanty town of trailers spread by hand or storm into a wilderness. Soon Home Hardware and rows…

    • Steady at Sioux Lookout 

      December 9, 2006, 12:48

      I should write this now: now, while the train is stopped here in Sioux Lookout while the parka's passengers take a break on the platform while the…

    • Past Sioux Lookout 

      December 10, 2006, 13:03

      From the first class dome car I look out on the past: the snow-smeared crisp-cold north Ontario bush or spruce birch poplar skinny straight trees new…

    • Lost Lake 

      December 11, 2006, 10:09

      Bright sun The docks are tilted above the frozen lake like drawbridges above a medieval moat. Who are these ghostly invaders they defend against? Meanw…

    • Sound surround 

      December 12, 2006, 09:16

      riding across the prairie in a winter cold that freezes pipes on a train in the night west of Winnipeg the fan train rumble train horn immerse us…

  • Category: variations  (5)
    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

  • 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.

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