Why do you write poetry?
Some desires have their own mercury, rising within us with such insistence, only a person dead to themselves, could not hear and heed the call.
And so it was, that poetry came to me. Unbidden but irresistible; a calling, a compulsion, a cajoling, a future self urging me on to the undiscovered country called home, each new poem, a step on the path back to what I could be.
Why is so much of your poetry spiritual in nature?
I think of God as ALL THAT IS. Put another way,I believe everything is God; the stone, the raven, the wave – everything that has ever been or ever will be, including U and me.
The great ‘miracle’, is that all creation is imbued with the unfathomable power, freedom and eternal validity of that original consciousness – I call the One Great Heart.
My job, as a poet and a person, is to celebrate that miracle, and to articulate as best I can, its inherent joy, struggles, and grace.
Where do U live?
My life- partner and I live in Canada, about 300 km north of Toronto, in a cabin, in a forest, beside a lake…when we are not here, we are wandering the shorelines of ancient seas, or the back streets of faraway cities, searching for beautiful art and kind hearts.
Why do you use abbreviations such as U instead of YOU and ur instead of YOUR?
Originally, the abbreviations were simply my ‘private shorthand’ but when it came time to publish the work, I was reluctant to switch the words back to their conventional spelling- so I didn’t.
Do you do your own illustrations and photography?
Sadly, I have no such talent!
Illustrations are by the radiantly talented Limatola Longkumer from North- East India. It is such a blessing to have her raw, powerful and feminine drawings, dancing with the poems.
The eeanna feather logo was designed by the extraordinary Miakoda Ohki, one of Canada’s most unique and talented illustrators.
Photography is by the uber talented Carmin Davidson, who plys her art out of Toronto, Canada.