New poem with a sweet companion painting

I was so excited to have my poem “Birds in the Very Early Universe” selected for Prism International’s Wonder Issue, and am now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the print journal in my mailbox. It’s always a big kick to find a good home for a poem’s intro to the world.

As shared on their website: “PRISM international is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose office is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people. Our mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world. Writing from PRISM has been featured in Best American Stories, Best American Essays and The Journey Prize Stories, amongst other noted publications.”

I’ve loved discovering Prism International this past year; it’s a rare print subscription that I’ll be maintaining!

An even bigger kick is connecting with other writers and artists, and I’m so fortunate to know Danielle K.L. Grégoire, a non-binary human with a wonderful obsession for making art for people, community building, and supporting other people’s art.

We live in the same community and I and so many others get to benefit from Danielle’s inexhaustible creative spirit. They are in the process of fundraising for the rebirth of a wonderful arts space in our community, and as part of that they took on small painting commissions. I requested a chickadee at night and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. Thank you, Danielle!

Chickadee against a night sky
Painting by Danielle K. L. Grégoire

I love the way this bird is now a part of my poem and my poem feels a part of this painted bird, and that both are part of evolving creative endeavour in our community.

Published by Dagne Forrest

Dagne Forrest lives and works in a small town just west of Canada's capital. She shares her life with several other humans, an athletic labrador retriever who suffers from separation anxiety, three cats, and a small flock of chickens. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada. In 2021 she was one of 15 poets featured in Canada’s Poem in Your Pocket campaign.

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