of tree slipping free
tidy impositions best intentions
world your egg
your nest the world
Sky in a Dream
clear blue sky
rising from bed to travel
through the immensity
in small things
for Saeed in Rasht City
surrounds our cherry blossom sunlight
deaths and illnesses birdsong starlight
ever-changing rules and hope and moonlight
of all forms of government
embracing all cultures and possible race of human
being— virus connects us
write to me of heartbreak and ICU
i worry for your well-being across the miles
with Kermani, gathering dust
Joanne Arnott is a writer, editor, arts activist, originally from Manitoba, at home on the west coast.
She received the Gerald Lampert Award (LCP 1992) and the Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award for Literary Arts (2017). She has published six poetry books, a collection of short nonfiction and a children’s illustrated. Recent publications include her third poetry chapbook, Pensive & beyond (Nomados Press 2019) and the co-edited volume, Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories and Poetry by Vera Manuel (U of Manitoba Press 2019). A new chapbook, pandemic friendship, is forthcoming from above/ground press.
Joanne is Poetry Mentor for The Writers Studio, Simon Fraser University, and Poetry Editor for EVENT Magazine. She is currently a Shadbolt Fellow (2021-22) at SFU. She is one of the co-founding members of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast.
Joanne is mother to six young people, all born at home with the benign support of husbands and midwives.