The Galaxy Within – A Poem

I wish that I had the power

to control time,

however I don’t think I could handle

the responsibility.

Waiting is difficult,

every day feeling incredibly long

and impossibly short.

Time has lost all meaning,

it is no longer relative

especially during these times.

The last time that I waited

for news that felt as if

it would never come

was when I was diagnosed

with multiple sclerosis

and here I am again,

waiting for news about what may

or may not be waiting inside of me

if new stars have taken shape

inside of my head.

If I close my eyes,

I can see the galaxy that is within me

the numerous starsand planets that fill my brain.

I’d like to think that they are where

some of my light comes from,

shining so brightly that my skin

can’t contain all of it.

I feel like my body has begun

to fail me and I am filled with pain.

I know this is because of the comets

and the suns that fill my body,

the solar systems and supernovas,

that makes themselves known.

My body contains galaxies unknown to me.

I can’t help but feel a little fear within me,

unsure of my body as I am now and yet

thoughts of what I have done appear before me,

their visions riding across the moon and lit

by the stars. I can see the mountains

that I have climbed, the forests I’ve survived,

the galaxies that I have overcome before.

Whatever the news brings,

I will be ready and I will do the only thing I can do.

I will sparkle on.

Out Now! Love & Catastrophē Poetrē

The new anthology Love & Catastrophē Poetrē, containing my poem Covidly, is out now! I’m so thrilled to be part of this anthology filled with poems by Ottawa poets!

Here’s a bit about the book:

This collection of local Ottawa poets address the loves and losses during the catastrophies of 2020.

“There is so much of love in this collection, so much to love in the time of a pandemic, to abuse the phrase. In a period where we are bereft of touch and intimacy, love in all its forms encourages us to connect and, better yet, to hope. And, as much as love hurts in “Touch,” love always has the power to heal a very broken world.

“Love changes and changes us with it, as evidenced in this marvellous collection of poems that encompass so much in so little space.”

Julie Beun

“This collection captures an outpouring of emotion from a year of catastrophe and loss, interwoven through the themes of wildfire, pandemic and hurricane. The poems are vignettes of sorrow, destruction, loneliness and separation, but also with glimmers of hope. For lovers of poignant poetry.”

Rachel B. Brown, CEO

North Grenville Public Library

You can get your paperback copy here

And you can get your ebook copy here

I truly hope you enjoy all the poems contained within and that, in the midst of all the turmoil that we’ve all been through, it brings you some comfort.

Love and Catastrophé Poetré Available for Pre-Order!

I’m beyond honoured to have one of my poems included in the new anthology from Broken Keys Publishing. It’s a volume of poems called Love and Catastrophé Poetré. It contains poems that arose from different tragedies and offers a way towards healing.

Here’s a bit about the book:

This collection of local Ottawa poets address the loves and losses during the catastrophes of 2020.

“There is so much of love in this collection, so much to love in the time of a pandemic, to abuse the phrase. In a period where we are bereft of touch and intimacy, love in all its forms encourages us to connect and, better yet, to hope. And, as much as love hurts in “Touch,” love always has the power to heal a very broken world.

“Love changes and changes us with it, as evidenced in this marvellous collection of poems that encompass so much in so little space.”

Julie Beun

“This collection captures an outpouring of emotion from a year of catastrophe and loss, interwoven through the themes of wildfire, pandemic and hurricane. The poems are vignettes of sorrow, destruction, loneliness and separation, but also with glimmers of hope. For lovers of poignant poetry.”

Rachel B. Brown, CEO

North Grenville Public Library

The book is available on June 18th! It’s available for pre-order from a variety of different retailers. You can find the ebook here:

https://books2read.com/u/4XLzNv

You can also order a paperback copy here: https://broken-keys-publishing.square.site/product/love-catastroph-poetr-/14?cs=true&cst=custom

It’s so lovely to be part of a collection with so many talented Ottawa authors!

Beyond the Stone – Available for Pre-Order!

I’ve been sitting on this for a while and can finally share it with all of you! My new novel Beyond the Stone will be available this fall!

The novel is a change from my regular kind of writing. It features a disabled protagonist who is trying to find his way in the world when he doesn’t know if he fits within it. It’s also set in a dystoptian future where magic is real.

Here’s a bit about the book:

After a schism renders the world unrecognizable, Magic comes out into the open.

Bane is a Supernatural who works for the Clocktower, the organization that is supposed to protect mortals from themselves. Jackson is able to teleport long distances and is also a clairvoyant, something that no mortal should be able to do. That’s the least of their troubles, however. Sparks fly when they meet, even if relationships between mortals and Supernaturals are frowned upon.

When they learn that the Clocktower is keeping mortals and Supernaturals prisoner, Bane knows that they will have to go against the Clocktower in order to break them free… but will they break themselves in the process?

It’s available on September 15th and it’s already available for pre-order! You can get it from one of the following sites:

Renaissance Press

Amazon.ca

Kobo

Stay tuned for more updates about Beyond the Stone! There’s plenty more to come!

The Renaissance Press Fall/Winter Catalogue Pre-Launch!

Come one and come all!

My publisher Renaissance Press is having an event tonight at 7pm EST. They are revealing the covers for all the books that are being released this fall and winter!

As if that isn’t awesome enough, there will be all sorts of things to see! They are revealing book trailers for each of the books, there will be readings AND door prizes! The best thing is that this event is totally FREE! There will be prizes and surprises aplenty!

I will be doing a reading from my soon to be published novel Beyond The Stone. I’m so proud of this book and can’t wait for you all to read it! Why not find out about the book by attending the event!

I also have a story coming out in the anthology Artificial Divide which is also being released this fall!

Sign up for the event below! You’ll be sent the Zoom link so that you can attend the event!

See you there!

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