Evergreen

Home to prickly pines and Douglas fir, Hoh rain forest, a carpet of licorice fern. Emerald beards coat every surface over-grown facial hair or mask? Timbers moistened by sulfur rain, exudes rich cedar, ripe pine and old oak’s fragrance. It was through wandering along over-grown paths, I discovered: A brook that gave birth to melodies … Continued

A Thousand Facebook Eulogies

Death doesn’t feel real when you read about it on Facebook which is why I keep looking for your face in pedestrians near campus because I saw you biking last month outside our journalism class. Death doesn’t feel real when you read about it on Facebook which is why I keep remembering you alive, breathing, … Continued

the prince

long and crooked are his fingers like his smile they’ve been broken his lips taste like iron from the blood that drips from his nose and rusted roses bloom from the lapels of his shirt a cross-stitched madness that ekes out the marble pattern of his muscle his hair is star-faded dying at the ends … Continued

Essence

Deep forest of velvety green Dinosaur redwood. Ancient, wise, Silence, serenity, Blissful, calm Secret pathway Sprinkled with golden leaves Raindrops of sunlight Bouncing playfully Among tree boughs. Smooth silken moss, Damp under my feet. Scrambling high Tumbling low Muted voices of long ago. Spirit guides me. Onward I go, Descending to Gems of dripping water … Continued

Nanaimo Welcomes New Poet Laureates

By News Editor Aislinn Cottell The three-year term of Naomi Beth Wakan, Nanaimo’s first ever Inaugural Poet Laureate, has come to an end. Instated in 2013, in her time as Laureate, Wakan was a prolific writer, and established several successful creative projects in the city, including starting a high-school poetry competition, and establishing Nanaimo’s Poetry … Continued

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