World Poetry Day Contributions

…in which I demonstrate my linguistic limitations and narrow perspective of the world but–nevertheless, sharing good poetry.

From Canada, Ken Sparling.

From England, L.A. Salami.

From Ireland, James Stephens.

From Brazil, Hilda Hilst.

From America, Richard Brautigan.

From China, Chiu Chin.

For Ireland… and a Few Other Countries

Ask a Person

Activity Being Avoided: editing
Music In My Head: Vanity — The Avett Brothers
Tea Being Drunk: double-strength Barry’s (it’s bloody cold in here, and the time change was this week, and I’m getting the sniffles, damn it all)
Books Being ReadThe Spawning Ground–Gail Anderson-Dargatz, The Well of Loneliness–Radclyff Hall

Rod Smith recently wrote this blog post: I Ask a Woman… I have a thought or two about that post.

Caveat: I was the parent that stayed home with my kids for over fifteen years. I “wore” my kids in slings and backpacks (I think the term is attachment parenting), slept with them until they decided to move to their own beds, homeschooled them until they chose to go to high school.

Becoming a mother was a deliberate act. I pretty much gave up everything to do the best parenting job I could. I tend to work that way: when writing one book, I don’t work on other books; when concentrating on a project, I get irritated by the need to eat and sleep. I’m happier when I focus on one thing at a time. You are free to look at this from any perspective that pleases you, but the fact is…

Image thieved from Shel Silverstein’s _The Missing Piece_.


Of course, there are drawbacks to my way of doing things. The mind-set required to work like this demands ludicrous amounts of time and energy; it’s always physically, psychologically and emotionally taxing. It can be isolating. It limits progress, in a sense, as outside input is usually only permitted between tasks. The lure of perfection is a frequent temptation.

The drawbacks are, in my opinion, negligible compared to the benefits. I feel I work well. I feel I give everything I have. I don’t feel as though I’ve compromised unnecessarily. When I raise my head from the project and present the creation to the world, I rarely have second thoughts about it.

When the kids were younger, questions about my life were always answered with information about the kids. If you ask me now, the response will include students and writing–and very little else. I’m not embarrassed by this. In fact, I’m rather proud of this. If someone is interested in me, or in my life, they’ll be satisfied with my response; if not, I can’t feel obligated to live my life to their standards. (It’s a safe bet they’re not living their life to mine.)

If we ask personal questions, we’re free to be disappointed with the response. If we start asking personal questions with the intent of proselytising, those are no longer questions.


_To Be Human Again_ Sale

There’s a Kobo sale coming up. To Be Human Again will be available for 99¢CAD from March 20 to March 31, 2017. (The sale is also available in US dollars and British pounds.)

Don’t have a Kobo? You can get the app here.


Women’s Rights and Exclusion, As A Man Tells Us

For Kellie Leitch

I have no socially-acceptable words for Kellie Leitch and her video, so I respond with a handful of Americans and string instruments in a locker room.


In the Wake of Milo

Milo Yiannopoulos counts as an eejit: like trolls who only want to grand-stand, not discuss, he was not worthy of my time. He’s still not worthy of my time, but the consequences of his grand-standing are.

This has already been on Twitter, etc. courtesy of New York Magazine, but I want to make sure the article doesn’t get lost in splashy waves:

I’m a Pedophile, But Not a Monster by Todd Nickerson

For all but one of the adult anti-contact pedophiles I’ve spoken with, VirPed is the place that offers what they need/want. When media removes or hides articles that direct people to support systems, they’re not contributing to a healthy society. Taking two steps back from an issue might make for a more accurate perspective, but it might also take society backwards–which is not what our society needs.