Poem of the Week: “Bon Voyage”

Over the next few weeks, I would like to share a weekly poem from my poetry collection as I try out some ideas for sharing my work more widely. Please feel free to leave a comment below or send me private feedback about the poem, its presentation (graphics), and this sharing concept.

About This Week’s Poem:

My poem, entitled “Bon Voyage”, has been submitted to the 2015 The Walrus Magazine Poetry Prize Contest* and Readers’ Choice Award(*). This poem was originally composed as an email to a friend departing on a journey in which I was to later join. As it frequently happens, much of my poetry begins as a message to another, composed as an email or a letter or even a Facebook comment. When I realise that this is happening, I reformat the text into verse and my fun with it takes over.

(*) The shortlist will be released and voting for the Readers’ Choice Award will begin on September 1, 2015. If my poem is shortlisted, I will provide the link where votes may be cast, and if you enjoyed my poem, I would much appreciate your vote! Thank you in advance!

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Poem of the Week: “Simply Because”

Over the next few weeks, I would like to share a weekly poem from my poetry collection as I try out some ideas for sharing my work more widely. Please feel free to leave a comment below or send me private feedback about the poem, its presentation (graphics), and this sharing concept.

About This Week’s Poem:

My poem, entitled “Simply Because”, appears as part of my “Life Choices” collection submitted to the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Poetry Contest*. This poem was originally composed in 2013 during a particularly brain-entangling period of befriending aspects of my life that have caused me the greatest grief. A friend’s insightful philosophy-related blog post and our related exchanges led me to the realisation that “a person, who is content and no longer needs to have any purpose except to live, is fulfilling the purpose of existence”(*). And on the rare occasion that found me sitting on my couch looking out into the foggy horizon, contemplating this idea at last provided some powerful existential breakthroughs on my long-standing ruminations, from which this poem emerged.

A prior epiphany, “to live, simply because I can” as my motive for going on, revealed itself in 2010 while I cycled home from an appointment that confirmed for me, as best as it could be confirmed without another surgery, that I did not already have yet another cancer diagnosis within a year of my first one. In that epiphanic moment, I grappled with what to do with this “good news” result in the face of my realisation that I was still not fully committed to living. This simple yet profound poem was in the making for over 5 years—or more accurately, perhaps, over a lifetime.

(*) The concept originated from the article “On Living Without Transcendence: A Homage to Camus” in the Sep/Oct 2013 Issue of Philosophy Now.

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Poem of the Week: “Beauty Destroyed, Essence Relinquished”

Over the next few weeks, I would like to share a weekly poem from my poetry collection as I try out some ideas for sharing my work more widely. Please feel free to leave a comment below or send me private feedback about the poem, its presentation (graphics), and this sharing concept.

About This Week’s Poem:

My poem, entitled “Beauty Destroyed, Essence Relinquished”, appears as part of my “Life Choices” collection submitted to the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Poetry Contest*. This poem was originally composed in 2014 in response to another CBC Canada Writes Poetry Contest that challenged Canadians to take a proverbial Shakespearean selfie in the form of a contemporary soliloquy. Mine developed into a Shakespearean anti-cancer visualisation soliloquy, the story of which I captured in a creative nonfiction piece, entitled “The Telling of the Essence”that I submitted to the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Creative Nonfiction Contest*.

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Poem of the Week: “The Pain Game”

Over the next few weeks, I would like to share a weekly poem from my poetry collection as I try out some ideas for sharing my work more widely. Please feel free to leave a comment below or send me private feedback about the poem, its presentation (graphics), and this sharing concept.

About This Week’s Poem:

My poem, entitled “The Pain Game”, appears as part of my “Life Choices” collection submitted to the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Poetry Contest*. This poem was originally composed as part of my July 2009 Thorny Roses update, entitled “New Thorns on My Roses”, shared upon my return from my epic trip with a good friend to Southeast Asia as I headed into the first of my breast cancer surgeries. Its ending was revised following my breast cancer recurrence diagnosis.

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Poem of the Week: “Offers from Life”

Over the next few weeks, I would like to share a weekly poem from my poetry collection as I try out some ideas for sharing my work more widely. Please feel free to leave a comment below or send me private feedback about the poem, its presentation (graphics), and this sharing concept.

About This Week’s Poem:

My poem, entitled “Offers from Life”, appears as part of my “Life Choices” collection submitted to the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Poetry Contest*. This poem was originally composed in French while on a writing retreat in Barra de Navidad, Mexico, in January 2014—shortly before my breast cancer recurrence diagnosis.

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