Poetry, in my opinion, helps us make sense of the world or, if not make sense, then at least to talk about it, to explore, describe, define, and respond to experiences and events that affect us in some way. Writing can bring about new perspectives, sometimes a better understanding. Writing is a key. Practising it helps unlock doors that transport us to another side.
This site is where I store all those improv bits posted on Twitter by @palefacewriter and more frequently of late by @fhaedra. Some poems emerge as songs. Sometimes the written pieces inspire melody. I sometimes post not very polished versions of the songs-in-progress they become on SoundCloud. There are readings of some of the poems you’ll find here, too. As well, you’ll find readings of other poets’ work. These are my contributions to a wonderful series found on Twitter, initiated by @megwaf, and known as #ReadMeSpeakMe.
I also like to attempt to create something with the thousands of images I capture during my wanderings around locations close to home or places in the world I’ve had the privilege to visit. I create photo cards from some of them and these satisfy to some degree my penchant for writing letters as every letter I write is tucked inside one of my cards. I use many of the images as inspiration for more writing in the form of short poems on the back of 4×6 photo prints.
When I travel, I like to leave these photo poems for others to discover. If you come across one of my photos with a purple feather stamp and verse scribbled on its reverse, I hope you’ll find your way here and tell me about it. I acknowledge that some of these dropped photo poems may never be found. I’ve made some bad choices in placement: inside tree trunks, between rocks along remote mountain trails, inside obscure books in not-for-lending libraries, on the cracked sills of abandoned buildings along lonesome cycling trails, behind artworks hanging in obscure public spaces with subdued lighting. Oh well. Poetry lives.
My other page is https://rainydayquestions.wordpress.com. It’s a place to post some of my photographs. I ask a lot of questions there.
Some of my work can be found in books and anthologies and online. Some of it may never travel beyond the pages of too many notebooks I scribble in when I’m away from home.
I live on the West Coast of Canada, on Vancouver Island.
I’m glad you took time to stop by. Thank you.
🎶Hold Steady. Stay in the Light.🎶
Your paleface =;-)
~ One thing always leads to another ~