A few lines here > from a new poem in the works, "Lacuna." … [Read more...]

Approaching new poetry: biases and hurdles

The other day I decided it was time to search out some new poetry. Here's the stack of contenders that await exploration beside my reading chair. My usual habit is to skim new books, pick a few … [Read more...]

Catching the light

Every few years some aspiring provocateur takes a run at poetry. We poets, with barely our quill pens to protect us, quiver. Or not. The latest brave university professor to take a run at us is Mark … [Read more...]

Poets know failure

Another month, another list of failures. Such is the life of a poet. Rejections from literary publications, misses in contest submissions, “no room at the inn” messages from retreats.   A poet sure … [Read more...]

Busy like a bookstore should be

Bookstores, we hear, are in trouble. You certainly wouldn't know that if you were among the many who stepped into The Book Man on a rainy Saturday afternoon last weekend. I was fortunate to have … [Read more...]

Win a book, interview & more

This week my new book Drawing Back to Take a Running Jump is featured on Book Club Buddy, which means that you can win a free copy. Just read the short profile, answer a question, and you are … [Read more...]

Poetry Night at Cadboro Bay Book Co.

It was a fine evening at Cadboro Bay Book Co. in Victoria on February 9. Owner Patricia Jutra was the gracious hostess for the store's first Poetry Night, featuring E.D. (Ted) Blodgett, Susan McCaslin … [Read more...]

Readings update

If you live on Vancouver Island, in the B.C. lower mainland, or in Edmonton AB, I hope you can catch one of my upcoming readings. On Thursday, February 9 at 7pm I will launch my Drawing Back to Take … [Read more...]


It's here! There's nothing like holding a printer's proof in hand to feel that a book project is nearly complete. This is me, slightly crazed but happy, with the proof for Drawing Back to Take a … [Read more...]

Memories of a mentor

A sense of loss is to be expected when someone in our lives passes away. When the deceased person has been a mentor we are fortunate to be able to offset some of those losses with a recognition of … [Read more...]