Poetry by Nina Kossman

Poem Written During Australian Bushfires Treasure of the world, little animal boy, you and you and you, lone survivors, wombats and kangaroos, my love for you is so huge, let it revive you, let it give you rain, let it give you green leaves, thriving eucalyptus trees galore! Singed koalas and wallabies; although I rarelyContinue reading “Poetry by Nina Kossman”

Poetry by Sharmila Pokharel

Up Until Then I hated my mother for being unwise, Uneducated, and under his thumb I compared her with my father Disliked more for not knowing Anything about my grades My mother said she was by herself In one corner of a dark room When she gave birth to me No midwife, no sterile knifeContinue reading “Poetry by Sharmila Pokharel”

Coat Hangers and Knitting Needles. By D-L Nelson

Coat Hangers and Knitting Needles from Darcie Friesen Hossack, Managing Editor, WordCity Monthly: On my desk is a copy of D-L Nelson’s coat hangers & knitting needles, Tragedies of Abortion in America Before Roe v. Wade. The book is heavy for its size—not for the weight of its bindings—and has been accompanying me from roomContinue reading “Coat Hangers and Knitting Needles. By D-L Nelson”

Poetry by Norman Cristofoli

I Am Afrika I am the deep abyss of the dark continent      the loneliness of the shifting Saharan sands      the birth of the Nile      and the pounding rhythm of the jungle I am the quiet heart of the elephant’s graveyard      and the desperate thunder of vast grasslands I am the goldenContinue reading “Poetry by Norman Cristofoli”

Poetry by Mansour Noorbakhsh

Trapped or Glowing (After execution of Navid Afkari another human rights activist in Iran)                      I saw dew drops on a spiderweb glowing, in this beautiful morning. Are they trapped, or it’s a place for them to glow? First thing as you woke up in the spiderweb of social media, was that another young braveContinue reading “Poetry by Mansour Noorbakhsh”

A Wake for the Dreamland, by Laurel Deedrick Mayne. A review by Darcie Friesen Hossack

A note from the editor: Laurel Deedrick-Mayne’s novel won first place in the Whistler Independent Book Awards in 2018, a year I was a judge. We’re pleased to bring you the short review that accompanied the announcement, along with a new poem that is a tribute to one of the characters, drawn from real life,Continue reading “A Wake for the Dreamland, by Laurel Deedrick Mayne. A review by Darcie Friesen Hossack”

Poetry by Melissa Begely

Secrets She never knew she was beautiful. As a toddler and through adulthood her sister was cruel to her.  She was bullied, humiliated, laughed at, and was told she was ugly and nasty. Her sister recruited others for the purpose of sniggering at and taunting her little sister. She became a quiet child, perchance thisContinue reading “Poetry by Melissa Begely”

Poetry by Nancy Ndeke

FOR RUTH( A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE) AND ALL THE ‘RUTHERANS’. The swan sung, a quietude so plaintive, Oceans picked it up and whipped it to shores afar, Details of humility of a guarantee soldier, Robed in tons of tones of resilience, From ages of flower tribes peripheral tirades, Being seen and unheard, Toys for boysContinue reading “Poetry by Nancy Ndeke”