In My Atlas

A bird’s or a child’s view of the landscape can be so different from
what the map shows, or our own limited view …


the twisted grin of a rural road                                
seen by a crow on its flight
from fir to cedar

the slanting tail of the first comet
as it writes its name over spinning planets
before falling to earth

the inching track of an ant
to its nesting hill as it pushes one more crumb
through tall grasses

these miracles inscribed on maps
for an intrepid two-year-old
trekking through the gate


9781771333054_FC‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
From Inanna Publications, 2016.

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, 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...
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2 Responses to In My Atlas

  1. Francine Wallace says:

    Humans easily believe WE have the only outlook on life. Why experiencing nature is soo important.

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