Selected Poems

"Who Looks After Your Kids?"
I Had Bigfoot's Baby
Diagnosis: The Pain as Lover
Angus on the Hoodoos

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My Bibliography

My poetry collection, How Do You Feel? (Sono Nis, Victoria, 1992) (review, article) was nominated for a BC Book Award. Are We There Yet?, a chapbook published by Dollarpoems, Brandon University is illustrated by Heather Speers. My Poems have been published in MD Magazine, the Medical Post and BCMA newspapers, BC Medical Journal, and numerous literary magazines including Room of Oneís Own, Event, and Poetry Canada.

I was an early member of the Vancouver Industrial Writersí Union, who stayed together for a decade and produced audiotapes and the anthologies Shop Talk and More Than Our Jobs. We performed with the folk group Fraser Union at the Vancouver Folk Festival, the Seattle FolkFest, the Bumbershoot Festival, the Mayworks Labour Arts Festival, and other venues in Canada and the United States. Many VIWU members were also featured in the work writing anthologies A Government Job At Last and Going For Coffee, both edited by Tom Wayman; the latter remains in print and is being used as a textbook in a number of high school and college literature courses.

Iíve been in 15 anthologies: the latest is The Dominion of Love (Harbour Press, 2001), edited by Tom Wayman. This anthology of love poetry by Canadians features 50 writers, including Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, Earl Birney, Al Purdy, Michael Ondaatje, and former VIWU members Zoë Landale, Mark Warrior, Sandy Shreve, Erin Moure, David Conn, and Kate Braid.

Other anthologies include A Labour Of Love (Polestar, 1989) edited by Mona Fertig, and The Limits of Miracles (Bergin and Garvey, 1984) edited by Marion Cohen, both on mothering; and The Naked Physician (Quarry Press, 1990) and Blood and Bone (University of Iowa Press, 1999) (review), both anthologies of poetry by physicians. A CD compilation from the latter anthology is available as "Serving the Flesh & the Soul... Poems by Doctors on the Path to Discovery & Healing".

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