The First Poem

Where do words come from? And where do they go?
There are so many possibilities and on a rainy day
it’s worth following up on a few …


THE FIRST POEM                                               ????????

flew over paper
raised its head to lilt
through raised letters
and name new words
in its shout of flight

013 traintracks2 013“briar, railroad
hijack, leather
niche, exemplar …”

cascading over
the spoken world

the poem wrapped glaciers                         367
in white consonants
strained ciphers through sand
threaded rainbow vowels
about the neck of a woman
who washed breasts and thighs
in conjugated phrases
swallowed the poem
and became one


first published in the Canadian Writers’ Journal


willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl for ages 7-11 … Weston doesn’t miss a beat as she untangles past and present, ghosts, missing treasure, and her heroine’s longing for success.


About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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