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Journal Entry: Six Reasons Not to Make Something an Issue

Making an issue out of it won’t change it. Making an issue out of it opens the door to dark forces. Your world is bigger than this. You are bigger than this. The hurtful quality of this situation is only … Continue reading Journal Entry: Six Reasons Not to Make Something an Issue

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The Mindful Bard’s Top 14 Mindfulness Songs

If you really want to get into the meditation zone, you need, if not complete silence, then meditation music — ambient, world, classical, jazz, or anything that draws you into your own contemplative space. But sometimes you fall off the … Continue reading The Mindful Bard’s Top 14 Mindfulness Songs

“Rooftop Angels” (for Rita’s birthday)

My sister Rita passed away in 2017. June 13th was her birthday. She’d often referred to herself as a “Down’s syndrome angel,” and so as I was missing her I imagined Down’s syndrome angels dancing across the flat rooftops just outside my window. I wrote a poem about it, and not much later Reynalds Leroux of Bordeaux, France, sent me a beautiful composition and asked me to write lyrics for it. The music was perfect for the poem. I decided to make a video with a few of Rita’s drawings. She was the most prolific artist I have ever known, … Continue reading “Rooftop Angels” (for Rita’s birthday)

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On a podcast with THAT NIKKI YOU KNOW!

Hashing over love versus capitalism, individualism versus communalism, talking circles, and the importance of solidarity– with the brilliant Nikki! https://godberd.com/m/events/view/S2-E11-Wanda-Waterman-Talking-about-it-makes-it-real?fbclid=IwAR3sgP3c4yBONEdW_BPPow0wUgQAUsLBy-xHgUcOAFM8XdX2rLV9UKRX8So Continue reading On a podcast with THAT NIKKI YOU KNOW!

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Guernica Editions’ Virtual Book Launch, September 1st

Guernica Editions has just begun releasing its September books, and they’re splendid. Editor Dane Swan interviewed on Open Book Celebrating Canadians: In Conversation with Dane Swan, Sennah Yee, and NASRA for Arc Poetry Magazine’s newsletter     Continue reading Guernica Editions’ Virtual Book Launch, September 1st

Nick Cave on Loss

The paradoxical effect of losing a loved one is that their sudden absence can become a feverish comment on that which remains. That which remains rises in time from the dark with a burning physicality — a luminous super-presence — as we acquaint ourselves with this new and different world. In loss things — both animate and inanimate — take on an added intensity and meaning.  ~ Nick Cave Continue reading Nick Cave on Loss

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Kirkus Reviews: Review of Dervish at the Crossroads

A Montreal-based poet digs into our fascination with music and its relation to our search for meaning. Outside of her poetic output, Waterman has collected a diverse collection of essays about creativity on her blog, The Mindful Bard. Many of these … Continue reading Kirkus Reviews: Review of Dervish at the Crossroads