While Crossing the Field by Deborah Banks

These poems traverse the coastal seasons with contemplative reflection. A canvas of emotion drawn from the colours of grief, loneliness, and gratitude. There is a certain fascination with the palette of nighttime and the musicality of being brought forth in the darkness.

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The first several poems emerge from winter, human and animal reawakening their senses alongside the earth’s rebirth.…

Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature and Life through a free-verse poetry memoir. During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations. Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow.

Man And Dog by Justin Barbour

In April 2017, Justin Barbour and his Cape Shore water dog, Saku, arrived in Robinsons, on the Rock’s west coast, where they began a quest to experience the province’s woods and waters first-hand. A late winter lingers as they push over the Long Range Mountains to the interior of the island, where they hope thawed lakes and rivers will allow them to continue by inflatable raft.

New Poetry From Deborah Banks

While Crossing the Field

Today in November's fading garden
a female cardinal surprises us,
that bright beak amongst the bossy jays:
a coral and flax stab of restrained light
in the midst of rowdy blue baubles.

Then the walk through the gold saturated field
where the wind has teased the drowsy grasses
into sloppy tufts, so many yellow dunes
ignited against a sharp sky,
beside me, your companionable presence
its own billowing season in my heart.

some conditions apply by Mary Rykov

When I open a book from Inanna I know I have something worthwhile. Strong, independent feminist work, a mosaic of talent and voice. Mary Rykov’s some conditions apply came to me electronically, during isolation. At times a mobile device, laptop or reader, can lack experiential feel, bound paper enhancing a book’s tone. Not so in this case. Stylized structure and layout still speak, uniquely tactile through my screen’s soft glow, dimmed a little, enlarged a lot (I’m still awaiting new glasses).…

Rainforest in Russet by Cynthia Sharp

met Cynthia Sharp at a Vancouver poetry reading. It may’ve been a gallery or a resto-pub. That part I no longer remember. What I do remember, however, is the depth of her reading, commitment to her craft. This is a writer through-and-through, a committed teacher of poetry as well as an accomplished novelist. Following another event, a fresh air showcase under a canopy of leafy deciduous, we met in a group for a post-reading happy hour that turned into six, then a sailor-like walk toward takeaway curry.…

The Bell You Hardly Hear: Poems and Images by Marjorie Bruhmuller

was tracking Vikings – research for my travel literature – hot on the trail of Canute, King of Anglo Scandinavia, the guy who, along with Alfred the Great, established standardized European currency. Yes, the British-centric EU that worked just fine for a thousand years until a few Keystone Coppers broke up the party. I was in Bosham, where Canute commanded the tides (unsuccessfully).…

Tappan Adney and the Heritage of the St. John River Valley by Keith Helmuth

Woodstock, New Brunswick’s Chapel Street Editions must be one of this province’s best-kept publishing secrets. I found out about them quite by accident when another author mentioned one of their books they recently read (the novel Taapoategl & Pallet, which I plan to read soon).

Edwin Tappan Adney is a name well-known to New Brunswickers, particularly in and around the town of Woodstock, which borders on Maine in the central-west area of the province.…

Weaving Water by Annamarie Beckel

Author (and former St. John resident) Annamarie Beckel once conducted behavioural research on river otters* for her doctoral thesis and her fourth novel, Weaving Water (2016, Killick Press) is about Beth, a fiftyish woman who teaches Biology at a university but longs to get back into research, specifically river otters. Her husband Alan is a veterinarian and has just come into ownership of a dilapidated cottage once owned by his Aunt Kathleen on Medicine Rock Pond, about a four-hour drive from St.…