Joan is a Calgary poet who has been published in numerous literary magazines across Canada. Her latest book of poetry Folding the Wilderness Within was published by Frontenac House in 2014 and was short-listed for The City of Calgary WO Mitchell Book Prize.
Revolutions, published in 2008 by Leaf Press is the story of Tsar Nicholas II and his family as they journey through their lives to their violent death.
One of the joys of writing poetry is editing, not only my own work, but other poetry also. It's why I enjoy working as a Poetry Editor at FreeFall Magazine. And now,
has hired me as a reviewer for their Manuscript Critique Services. Just click on the link and contact the office or email.
Calgary Public LIbrary Writer-in-Residence Bruce Hunter has chosen Folding the Wilderness Within as one of his featured books! Thanks Bruce!
In every one of these dreams, I am a bull moose
careening through the forest.
I am the little girl who eats the moose
and inhabits the moose's body.
My skin becomes fur,
feet and hands cloven.
Sometimes, I become the hunter.
In my hand, a shiny revolver
as black as night fever.
I pull the hammer back,
press the trigger. A bullet splits hairs,
explodes a heart.
I seek his forgiveness, but he cannot.
His dead eye reflects thunder
and lightening anger.
I am as empty as the magazine.
As cold as steel.
I am the nightmare. The letters
and words go on and on.
There is no beginning. No end.
The beast circles the forest, the cottage,
the city. He stalks the alley,
ascends the stairs. I hear him every night.
He is the glint behind the leaf, the glass eye in every shadow. The gun beneath the pillow.