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An anthem by JC Celebrates Canada Day, 2020

Anthem The Mountie sings “O Canada”— a fine baritone in scarlet. Odd how his stiff, brown hat stays put. I strain to hear the others. Their singing jumbles off high glass planes, transparent walls. I make out “Des plus brilliants, God keep, Glorious and free.” I hear my voice, small in the great room “O […]

Posted on 1 July 2020 | 7:35 am

“The Jane Austen Society” by Natalie Jenner — JC’s new Bookends mini review

JC, a Jane Austen devotee, just finished this Oakville author’s 2020 novel. JC gives it an 8.5/10 rating. Go to Bookends to see the review.

Posted on 25 June 2020 | 8:51 am

Eva Holland’s “Nerve, A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear”–JC’s Review

The June 12 Glebe Report carries JC’s review of this memoire by Whitehorse-based author Eva Holland. ALLEN LANE, an imprint of Penguin Canada published “Nerve” in May. The review admits upfront that JC has known the writer since she was a child and has watched her career with an interest that is both a professional […]

Posted on 12 June 2020 | 6:21 pm

SILVER BIRCH PRESS FEATURES JC’S POEM, “DEADBOLT” IN THE ‘MY FRONT DOOR’ SERIES

Right after Editor Melanie Villines ended this California press’s hiatus, JC welcomed the opportunity to contribute her poem “Deadbolt” to its new, online series. “The Editor’s choice of ’my front door’ for the current series’ theme strikes me as inspired and evocative. During the pandemic, what happens inside or outside open or closed doors, whether […]

Posted on 13 May 2020 | 7:26 am

For the times — JC’s irreverent ‘haiku’

zoom once defined a lens now opens conversations face-to-face-to-face

Posted on 29 April 2020 | 8:57 am

WATCH JC READ HER POEM FROM Vallum’s ISSUE ON ‘HOME’

JC was delighted that Editors at VALLUM chose her found poem “Whether or not transference occurs” for issue 17.1, which launched at an innovative, online watch party on April 24, 2020. Here is the link that will bring you her reading. https://www.facebook.com/VallumMagazine/videos/174245443751882/ “Whether or not transference occurs” uses words drawn unaltered from death notices and […]

Posted on 22 April 2020 | 1:05 pm

Ellis Marsalis Tribute

JC offers her deepest sympathy to the family of patriarch Ellis Marsalis along with her poem,”Like father, like son.” Written in 2003 after the Marsalis family played together at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the poem has been published elsewhere, most recently in VERSE AFIRE (The Ontario Poetry Society.) May memories of Ellis, as […]

Posted on 4 April 2020 | 6:38 am

JC’s new poem for the times, from a bleak place

COUNTING First the children, immune to this assault, their coughs and sneezes innocent for now. Then their parents, our children — not in the crosshairs, but still… These tykes, their dads & moms feel well, grateful for no symptoms, yet wide-aware every breath’s a timebomb tick if they’re carriers. We, the elders/the old, keep distant, […]

Posted on 22 March 2020 | 11:58 am

Nowhere to run

A wall transparent, translucent Easy to walk through if you dare I don’t I stare at the street Sunlit, snow covered empty Put my hands up to the wall Feel cold, cold cold as hard as my choices Be exposed or cocoon Hyper-vigilant, yet numb I want to run, don’t know where

Posted on 16 March 2020 | 1:52 pm

Recently…

JC is very pleased that her work will appear in upcoming issues of VALLUM: CONTEMPORARY POETRY and THE NAUGATUCK RIVER REVIEW. In May, Poetry Leaves, a poetry exhibition and anthology project of the Waterford Township Public Library (Michigan), will feature her for the second year in a row. “I’m delighted by the reception my found […]

Posted on 2 February 2020 | 5:00 pm

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