Nominated for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Acorn-Plantos Award, 2004
I’m not writing any poetry at the moment – the children’s books have taken over. But I love the discipline and intensity of poetry. Occasionally, to keep my poetic muscles from total atrophy, I still drop in to the poetry group to which I belonged for many years…
This poem was written after I was fortunate enough to spend 28 hours on Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, in 1999.
In 2008, Scott Macmillan composed an orchestral piece for solo soprano called Currents of Sable Island. The text is based on my poem. The work premiered at St. Patrick’s Church, Brunswick Street, Halifax, in July 2008. It was an astonishing and moving experience to hear the words that I’d written set to music and sung so beautifully.