A Free Spirit

  Pauline Johnson captured the hearts and imaginations of her audience.  A talented writer, she possessed an uncanny ability to understand the needs, desires, and dreams of an unpredictable public. Early in her career, she recognized the power of combining theatre and literary endeavours to craft a vibrant and dynamic performance.  Pauline developed a her…

A Poet’s Beginning

“It is dusk on the Lost Lagoon, And we two dreaming the dusk away, Beneath the drift of a twilight grey, Beneath the drowse of an ending day, And the curve of a golden moon.” George and Emily were well known and respected.  Their home, Chiefswood, was a frequent meeting place for  intellectual and political…

Tekahionwake

“Do you think you help us by bidding us forget our blood? By teaching us to cast off all memory of our high ideals and our glorious past? I am an Indian. My pen and my life I devote to the memory of my own people. Forget that I was Pauline Johnson, but remember always…

Window of My Heart

John Greenlear Whittier (1807 – 1892) was an American Quaker poet who was influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns.  A strong advocate for the abolition of slavery in the United States, John Whittier published antislavery pamphlets and penned two collections of antislavery poetry. He lived to see the end of slavery with the passage…

A Poet’s Inspiration

When I think of a poet’s capacity to synthesize complex concepts into a single sentence or a few words, I am curious about where their insight comes from. When you dig into the poet’s background there is always a source of inspiration. Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) was awarded the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The…