A.M. Klein Poetry Prize Shortlist

Museum of Kindness has just been shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, along with Sina Queyras’ My Ariel and Gillian Sze’s Panicle. It’s an honour to be included in this company. There were so many good poetry books under consideration this year.

My responses to the “Author Questionnaire” are now up at the Brick Books site


On my author page at Brick Books, I respond to the following questions:  When did you start writing?  Why do you write? Has this changed over time?  Who are some of your favourite writers? And what do you draw from their work?  Explain a particular poem of yours from a Brick Books publication.

Happy New Ear

for Wes, and with thanks to Phoebe (age 3) for the title

Here’s to fresh starts, clearing the decks,
making it new, forgiving debts. Last year
was grim. All bets were off. Needles and pins
and sink or swim. Grist for the mill and misery
loves company, a bitter pill, a monkey-
wrench in the machinery. Tooth and nail and
a leap in the dark. When it rains it pours. Listen,
here’s to fresh starts.