we’ve held our breath. a poem by Josephine LoRe

Josephine LoRe

we've held our breath

through seven hundred pandemic days
waiting to awaken into normal

but this morning
images careen across the screen
tanks thunder through streets
seven hundred thousand flee from the beast
mouths agape in silent scream

a continent away
my students cautiously approach me
and ask in a hush

will the world erupt 
in war again?

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a pearl in this diamond world …  Josephine LoRe’s words have been read on stage and in global zoom-rooms, published in literary journals and anthologies in eleven countries and four languages, put to music, danced, and integrated into visual art. She has two collections, Unity and the Calgary Herald Bestseller, The Cowichan Series. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and numerous virtual and in-person poetry societies. Josephine is grateful to live and create on land traditionally inhabited and traversed for centuries by the Piikani, Siksika, Kainai, Tsuut’ina and Nakota peoples, their antecedents, and their descendants. 


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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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