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In My Bed Publication



I have three (yes THREE) poems in this brand new issue of In My Bed Magazine.

“Delicate(s)” is about what a weapon underwear can be in a relationship.

“Archaeology” compares removing a partner’s underwear to various archaeological discoveries.

“Dare to Wear” describes the people at the bus stop in front of my favourite Vancouver pub, which is across from a sexy-clothing shop.

The magazine is only $2.95 online (print) and is available at Chapters stores across Canada. In the US, you can find a store near you on the In My Bed website.

It is also going to be available in a digital format soon. I’ll update accordingly.

I haven’t received my copy yet, but I’m so excited to see what else is in the issue.

Here is an example of the work by the featured artist:



See why I’m excited?


The Day I Started to Write Poetry

I’m always interested in hearing why poets write. And why poets and non-poets read poetry. In case you wonder this too, here is my story.

When I was in Grade 10, my English teacher handed out magic eye cards to everyone in the class. We thought it was another one of his “ketchup days” where we didn’t have to do any new work, but he tricked us into learning.

It’s a spaceship!

He admitted that he couldn’t see any magic eye pictures, no matter which technique he tried. He unfocused his eyes, he tilted the page, he focused harder. Nothing.

“You said keep your eyes out of focus, which is misleading. You want deep focus!”

“So why do you collect them?” a student asked.

“Because they are like poems,” he said. “Some people can see into all of them, or most of them. Some people see them reversed.”

I don’t think he meant this by reversed . . .

“I collect them because I’m looking for that one poem for me. Don’t give up. Keep reading.”

Not only did I keep reading, but I wrote my first (terrible) poem that day of many (terrible) poems to come. I hope someday one of my (now better) poems might be a magic eye picture for you.

So, what’s your story? (or the poem that got you hooked)

Comment on this page or Tweet me @writelightning

I’d love to hear it!

Clockwork Kiru Publication


Okay, so how cool is the premise of Steampunk haiku? As soon as I read about the call for poems for this anthology, I wrote a haiku about Tennyson and Browning duking it out with their war cogs and clockwork armies (because that is an obvious historical fact in the steampunk fantasy world that ticks away in the back of my mind). Yes, all that in 17 syllables (+ the title… which is usually cheating in the haiku world), but it probably helps having this explanation.

It’s in paperback at amazon.ca and amazon.com, and createspace. I’ll update this post when the eBook becomes available.



Yup, my name is in there!

Beer and Buttertarts Publication

An excellent themed journal on food and drink in a Canadian context. My poem “How to Make a Dirty Martini” was written in its first draft at Vancouver’s Carnegie Learning Centre (where I used to volunteer as a teacher) in a writing prompt session with the Fire Writers (who used to teach me!).

You can get a copy here: http://www.stainedpagespress.com/shop/ ($18 with shipping in Canada)

Joypuke Publication

Of all the journals that have honoured my work with publication, Joypuke has to be the winner for best name. A unicorn barfing up a rainbow? Yup. That’s what I think of too.

It’s an annual literary journal from Mt. Allison University and they accepted one of my favourite short poems, “We Fall”, to publish. You can e-mail their publisher, Underbridge Press, to purchase a copy at: underbridge@mta.ca. It’s 6 bucks (probably +shipping).

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