HouseBreaking

A last-minute publication has been added to The Black Bear Review!

“HouseBreaking” is the second poem of mine to be featured in the publications third issue. If you’ve ever wondered what my creative/poetic process feels like from the inside, this meta-poem is one of many possible answers.

To read this poem or any of the other work featured in the December issue click the link below to below:

The Black Bear Review: HouseBreaking

The Black Bear Review: Ascending Rearward

Ascending Rearward

The best holiday present I’ve received so far? It has to be having my poetry featured once again in The Black Bear Review.

The poem “Ascending Rearward” began its conception in the months after my nuclear family lost our matriarch, Helen. I wrote down an early draft of the final stanza last year around this time. I worked on several versions of the poem but was unable to manifest a workable piece. It took over a year of sitting in a cluttered file buried somewhere in the digital scrapheap of my hard drive for the shape of the finished poem to finally manifest.

I am very pleased that the editors of The Black Bear Review chose this piece to be featured. To read this poem or any of the other work featured in the December issue click the link below to below:

The Black Bear Review: Ascending Rearward

Freshman Mathematics

Year twenty three;
the third of the First of Four.
The first of the third,
of which the third is three,
was half of half
the same as second.

The fourth,
or should I say
the second Second,
—it’s Two of Four—
now once removed,
though from the First,
year twenty one,
it’s three.

Years Three and Four,
no; five and six,
are variables unknown;
now: c & d.


Due to several stumbling blocks, both within and outside of my control, this has been my third year of first-year university studies. The Elementary Education program which I’m undergoing is supposed to take four years, but I’ll complete it in a mere six! This year I’ve been attending Selkirk College, where I have been able to take Almeda Glenn Miller’s excellent creative writing course. Today I was given an excellence award in the study of creative writing. “Freshman Mathematics” is one of my favourites to come out of the program, and it seems the perfect piece to share in celebration of this milestone.

The essay “In Which A Woman Agonizes Over Death” also came out of this program.

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