about doing the work

Tripwire 12 * AKA Vancouver: Writings from the Unceded Territories

My long poem, THOT-J-BAP, appears in Issue 12, of Oakland, CA’s Tripwire (David Buuck, editor) in a feature on Vancouver writers, including…

Jordan AbelGeorge BoweringLouis CabriJeff DerksenAmy D’AthMercedes EngRyan FitzpatrickSonnet L’Abbe, Danielle LaFranceChristine LeclercDonato ManciniRolf Maurerrob mclennanCecily NicholsonLisa Robertson, Stephen CollisFred WahRita Wong, and others…

…along with a special tribute to Peter Culley. Thrilled to keep this company and Unceded.

Issue Available Here

Events and readings

The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them


THE REVOLVING CITY is a collection of poetry and short poetic essays where the physical, historical, cultural and linguistic grounds of the urban experience are examined by each poet’s reflection on their own work. The book is co-edited by Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar.   You can hear them both authors speak about the making of the book on Waxed Poetic, the long running poetry show on Vancouver Co-op Radio:30 | Vancouver Co-op Radio

A note of thanks: many thanks to everyone who attended our book launch, hosted by SFU Public Square in collaboration with Lunch Poems at SFU and The Writer’s Studio.  Over a hundred guest participated in our reception which included an enormous celebratory cake, book table with our publisher Anvil Press, and readings by Joanne Arnott, George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, George Stanley, Fred Wah, and Betsy Warland.  These poets read beautifully, with George Bowering bringing down the house as he read the late Jamie Reid’s poem, “Prayer.” SFU President Andrew Petter opened the event, and the co-founder of Lunch Poems at SFU, Shauna Sylvester, hosted a memorable evening. Deep gratitude to the discerning brilliance of  co-editor, Wayde Compton, the precision organizational skills of Robin Prest, Kim Gilker, from our Lunch Poems team and of course, a thousand thanks to our managing editor Monica Miller.

You can buy The Revolving City at Anvil Press and we’ll also be at Word Vancouver this Sunday.



Featured Reviews

Where the Nights are Twice as Long Review

Where the Nights are Twice as Long, A  Review

Vancouver Island poet Mary Ann Moore reviews Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poetsan intriguing anthology edited by David Eso and Jeanette Lynes:

“As the letters, poems, emails and texts in this collection are grouped according to the age of the poets at the time of writing, poets and their eras collide. And what grand collisions they are. The book is rich in loss and endings, longevity and, no matter what the age, erotic and sometimes erratic explorations in the realm of love.”

– The Vancouver Sun

Honoured to be a contributor along with many outstanding Canadian poets, including, (and this is just a sampling!): Christine Lowther, Howard White, Ivan E. CoyoteBetsy Warland,  Evelyn Lau, Susan Musgrave, Patrick LaneGeorge Bowering and Al Purdy.

Read the review here

Essay fragments

A.Kenneth Dix: June 27, 1930-December 3, 2013

end of November 2013 050(1)015(1)“Death ends a life, not a relationship, which struggles on in the survivor’s mind toward some resolution which can never be found” : memory fragment, this morning, a long ago Canadian Dimension article, soft green cover, carted province to province–lost, recollected–

how long it takes

about doing the work

Reliquum, the remaining, at Word on the Street, Vancouver 2012

about Samson Tam

about The Unwritten Word

about public that is space

about libraries and outside

about writing place, from elsewhere

about Paris, realm of representation

about writing about Air India

about Stanley Park


about travel and transit in the city, carrying around an old beat up paperback, George Bowering’s Burning Water