My first full-length collection of poems, distilled from seven-plus years of work as a cargo handler, agent and coordinator in Canada's Eastern Arctic. Unsettled is published by Insomniac Press.

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Feature article on me and Unsettled in the Charlottetown Guardian.

Review of Unsettled in Books in Canada 34:1 (January/February 2005)

Review of Unsettled in Atlantic Books Today 47 (Spring 2005)

Review of Unsettled in Lichen (Spring 2005).

Article on Unsettled in The Buzz (May 2005).

Review of Unsettled in The Chronicle Herald (May 15 2005).

Article in Tidings (University of King's College alumni magazine) in which I'm interviewed.

Review of Unsettled at The Danforth Review (October 2005).

Review of Unsettled in The Fiddlehead 225 (Autumn 2005).

Review of Unsettled in the University of Toronto Quarterly February 2006.

Interview with me about the Unsettled Tour at Northern Poetry Review, April 2006.

A short film made by my former First Air Cargo colleague and friend Gord Declerq, featuring two poems from Unsettled.

Ludicrous Parole

A limited edition chapbook of 100 copies published by Mercutio Press of Montreal, with a second edition of 60 copies printed in September 2006. It contains seventeen poems, united by the idea of "voice": soliloquies, addresses, vernacular poems, and ventriloqual translations.

Reprinted in an edition of 60 copies in September 2006.

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Fool's Errand

A limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, published by Saturday Morning Chapbooks, March 2004. Fool's Errand is a sixteen-page chapbook, containing a baker's dozen of my poems.


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Huginn & Muninn

A limited varied edition of twelve signed and numbered prints, combining lithographic and intaglio techniques on cotton rag paper, produced by Halifax-based artist and printmaker Margaret Flood.

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To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax (Halifax: Nimbus, 2005): "Pat's Grocery."

In Fine Form (Vancouver: Raincoast, 2005): "Fool's Errand."

Let Yourself Go (Windsor: Black Moss Press, 2005): "Over Supper, the Doctor Recalls a Quirk in the Medical History of Baffin Island."

Dark Lullaby (Pittsburgh: UnMon America, 2004): "From Suffering into Laughter."

Late Night Translations from the Esperanto (Montreal: Elevator Press, 2001): "The aurora was a green cobra"; "Inflation"; "Igloolik."

No Choice but to Trust (Pittsburgh: UnMon America, 2000): "Stacking Boxes in the Belly of a Flying Whale."

SEEDS (Toronto: Hidden Brook Press, 2000): "Permanently Temporary." Honourable Mention.


Event 35:2, forthcoming: "Skunk," "Field of Floes," "He Loves His Neighbours & Despises Himself," "Steady."

Elysian Fields Quarterly 23:3, Summer 2006: "Too Old."

Existere 26:1, Spring 2006: "Starfish Song," "Atum," "In Praise of the African Naked Mole Rat."

Elysian Fields Quarterly 23:1, Winter 2006: "He Learns Faith in His Instincts."

Contemporary Verse 2 28:2, Autumn 2005: translations of six poems by Emile Nelligan.

The Fiddlehead 225, Autumn 2005: "Corona: After the Blizzard."

The New Quarterly 95, Summer 2005: "Been a Long Time," "He Finds an Acceptable Way to Grieve," "The Pond," "At the Laurier Metro Station," "Nimble and Poise."

Eye Weekly, March 31 2005: "The Exterminator's Song to the Silverfish".

Forget Magazine, February 2005: "Eclipse Sound," "Operation Surname" & "Fenris Found Dead on Cornwallis". Reprinted from Unsettled.

Cranks & Lurkers, December 2004: "Small Song of Wonders."

Maisonneuve, 12, November 2004: "Qausuittuq." 3rd place in "Blackouts and Blown Fuses" contest.

The Danforth Review, September 2004: "A Whiff of Mussel Mud."

Ice-Floe: International Poetry of the Far North, 5:1, Summer Solstice 2004: "Sonnet: And you, my comely cloudcounter, how low..."

Maisonneuve, 9, June/July 2004: "Forklift Operator Wanted; Recreational Facilities Provided" & "Duck, Duck, Goose."

The Danforth Review, March 2004: "Bowhead."

Tower Poetry, 49:2, Winter 2000/01: "And Tomorrow, Will the Sun Rise?"

The Amethyst Review, 8:2, Winter 2000: "The Cruelest Month."

The Amethyst Review, 8:1, Summer 2000: "Clyde River."

New West Review, 25:3, Summer 2000: "Goddamn Sun"; "Signs and Suns."

Pottersfield Portfolio, 20:2, Spring 2000: "The Aurora was a Green Cobra."

People's Poetry Letter, 6:1, Fall/Winter 1999/2000: "The Iceberg's Soliloquy." Co-winner, People's Poetry Political Poem Prize.

Fathom (Dalhousie University), 16, Spring 1999: "Permanently Temporary"; "Broken Island." "Permanently Temporary" won 2nd Prize in Fathom's poetry contest.


My column on Maisonneuve's website.

I’ll Scratch Your Back: On Jurisimprudence and the GGs

Go Leaving Strange: Just Go (The poems of Patrick Lane)

Killing Trees and Sawing Logs: On the Harvesting of Young Canadian Poets

The Journey of the Angry Young Poet-Critics into the Valley of Fredericton

(S)elective Reading: Reconciling Reviewing's Dark Side (Reprinted as a Letter to the Editor in Books in Canada 34:1 (January/February 2005))

Lost in Translation

John Smith: Pissing Unrepentantly into Infinity

Ball Hockey on a Short Street

Makin’ It Work: Appreciating Canada's Blue-Collar Poets

The Redress of Poetry Awards: New Plumes for the Griffin

The Griffin Prize for Stuff Vaguely Resembling Poetry

Verse Versus Verse


How Poems Work: Peter Van Toorn's "Mountain Leaf.". Arc (September 2006).

Jabbed With Plenty: Peter Van Toorn and the Canadian Condition. Canadian Notes & Queries 69 (Spring/Summer 2006).

How Poems Work: James McIntyre's "Ode on the Mammoth Cheese.". Arc (August 2006).

Faulty Lines: The Poetry and Poetics of Don McKay. (May 2006).

Getting into Nelligan. Contemporary Verse 2 28:2 (Autumn 2005).

Eyes on the Prize. Bookninja (March 2005).

The Creativity of Dictators. Maisonneuve 14 (April/May 2005).

Workshop Lessons. Quill & Quire (January 2005).

Lost in Translation. The Review (Fall 2004), reprinted from The Zed Factor.

May I See Your Poetic Licence, Sir? Bookninja (June 2004).

How Poems Work columns for Arc: Canada's National Poetry Magazine, December 2003; January 2004; February 2004.

Strawman Dialectics (a response to Jan Zwicky's "The Ethics of a Negative Review"). Books in Canada (February 2004) and online at Bookninja.

'My Animal Instincts are Always Right...': Benito Mussolini's approach to diplomatic relations, 1922-1940. Pangaea (Dalhousie University, 1999).


Brian Bartlett, Wanting the Day: Selected Poems, Canadian Notes & Queries, August 2006.

Eric Miller, In the Scaffolding, Arc 56, Summer 2006.

Christopher Wiseman, In John Updike's Room, Arc 56, Summer 2006.

Patrick Warner, There, There, Arc 56, Summer 2006.

Steven Price, An Anatomy of Keys, Quill & Quire, June 2006.

Peter Sanger, Aiken Drum, Quill & Quire, May 2006.

George Elliott Clarke, Black, Quill & Quire, April 2006. [NB: This review reflects my reading of an early draft manuscript mistakenly submitted to Q&Q by the publisher instead of page proofs. The finished book is much better than this review might lead one to believe.]

Lynn Crosbie, Liar, Quill & Quire, April 2006.

Amanda Lamarche, The Clichéist, Quill & Quire, January 2006.

Jen Currin, The Sleep of Four Cities, Quill & Quire, January 2006.

Stephen Brockwell and Peter Norman, Wild Clover Honey and The Beehive: 28 Sonnets on the Sonnet, Arc 55, Winter 2005.

Brenda Schmidt, More than Three Feet of Ice, Arc 55, Winter 2005.

Steven Laird, Charlatan, Arc 55, Winter 2005.

David Seymour, Inter Alia, Quill & Quire, December 2005.

Shawna Lemay, Blue Feast, Quill & Quire, December 2005.

Don McKay, Deactivated West 100, Quill & Quire, November 2005.

Karen Solie, Modern and Normal, Quill & Quire, November 2005.

Goran Simic, From Sarajevo, with Sorrow, Books in Canada 34:7, October 2005.

Michael deBeyer, Change in a Razor-backed Season, Quill & Quire, October 2005.

George Sipos, Anything but the Moon, Quill & Quire, October 2005.

Frank Davey, Back to the War, The Vancouver Rain Review of Books, August-October 2005.

Lazar Sarna, He Claims He Is the Direct Heir, Quill & Quire, September 2005.

Brian Joseph Davis, Portable Altamont, Quill & Quire, September 2005.

Barry Dempster, The Burning Alphabet, Quill & Quire, August 2005.

Lyle Neff, Bizarre Winery Tragedy, Quill & Quire, August 2005.

Jennifer LoveGrove, I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel, Quill & Quire, July 2005.

Matt Rader, Miraculous Hours, Quill & Quire, July 2005.

Al Purdy, Yours Al: The Collected Letters of Al Purdy & Breathing Fire II: Canada's New Poets, Canadian Notes & Queries, Summer 2005.

Harold Rhenisch, Free Will. Arc 54, Summer 2005. Winner of Arc's Critic's Desk Award for brief reviews.

Todd Swift, Rue du Regard. Arc 54, Summer 2005.

Jan Zwicky, 37 Small Songs and 13 Silences. Quill & Quire, June 2005.

Michael Kenyon, The Sutler. Quill & Quire, June 2005.

Alessandro Porco, The Jill Kelly Poems. The Danforth Review, May 2005.

Alice Burdick, Simple Master. Dialogue review with Chris Jennings on Bookninja, April 2005.

Shannon Bramer, The Refrigerator Memory. Quill & Quire, May 2005.

Erin Mouré, Little Theatres. Quill & Quire, May 2005.

Kevin Connolly, Drift. Quill & Quire, April 2005.

Carmine Starnino, A Lover's Quarrel: Essays and Reviews. The Danforth Review, March 2005.

Peter Trower, Haunted Hills & Hanging Valleys: Selected Poems 1969-2004. The Danforth Review, March 2005 and The Vancouver Rain Review of Books, May-August 2005.

Lorna Crozier, Whetstone. Quill & Quire, March 2005.

Walid Bitar, Bastardi Puri. Quill & Quire, February 2005.

Shane Neilson, The Beaten-Down Elegies. Arc 53, Winter 2004.

David Solway, Franklin's Passage. Arc 53, Winter 2004.

Roo Borson, Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida; Tim Bowling The Memory Orchard; David Manicom, The Burning Eaves; John Terpstra, Disarmament, Jan Zwicky, Robinson's Crossing. Trialogue review with Alex Good and Steven Laird at Goodreports. December 2004.

Gil Adamson, Ashland; Tim Bowling, The Witness Ghost; Noah Leznoff, Outside Magic. Canadian Literature, forthcoming, TBA.

Triny Finlay, Splitting Off. Books in Canada, November 2004.

Irving Layton, A Wild Peculiar Joy; Anne Wilkinson, Heresies; Peter Van Toorn, Mountain Tea; Paulette Jiles, Celestial Navigation. Books in Canada, October 2004.

Katrine Marie Guldager, Crash, trans. Anne Mette Lundtofte. The Review, Fall 2004.

Michael deBeyer, Rural Night Catalogue. The Fiddlehead 220, Summer 2004.

The Backyards of Heaven & New British Poetry. The Danforth Review, June 2004.

Russell Thornton, House Built of Rain. Arc 52, Summer 2004.

Stuart Ross, Hey Crumbling Balcony! Poems Selected and New. Arc 52, Summer 2004. Winner of Arc's Critic's Desk Award for brief reviews.

Tom Henihan, A Further Exile; Evan Jones; Nothing Fell Today but Rain; Sharon Nelson, This Flesh, These Words. The Danforth Review, June 2004.

Barry Dempster, The Words Wanting Out. The Rain Review of Books, 2:3, May/June 2004.

Mark Callanan, Scarecrow & Robert Moore, So Rarely in Our Skins. Books in Canada, May 2004.

Marius Kociejowski, So Dance the Lords of Language. The Danforth Review, May 2004.

Peter Van Toorn, Mountain Tea. Dialogue review with George Murray on Bookninja, March 2004.

Mary Dalton, Merrybegot. Chair of trialogue review, with Steven Laird & John MacKenzie, on Bookninja, December 2003.


March 2006, Via Rail Train, Alberta: Reading in train dome car.
March 2006, Nanaimo: Classroom visit, Malaspina University College.
March 2006, Vancouver: Reading at the Vancouver Public Library (downtown branch).
March 2006, Prince George: Classroom visit, University of Northern British Columbia.
February 2006, Wells: Reading at Island Mountain Arts.
February 2006, Prince George: Classroom visit, University of Northern British Columbia.
February 2006, Edmonton: Reading at the Edmonton Public Library (downtown branch) with Ian Letourneau, Laurie MacFayden and Kerry Mulholland.
February 2006, Calgary: Reading at McNally Robinson's Booksellers, with Micheline Maylor.
February 2006, Saskatoon: Reading at McNally Robinson's Booksellers, with Jeanette Lynes.
February 2006, Winnipeg: Reading at McNally Robinson's Booksellers, with Lori Cayer.
February 2006, St. Catharine's: Reading at Grey Borders reading series.
February 2006, Windsor: Reading at Not Just Another Reading Series, with Goran Simic.
February 2006, Toronto: Reading at the I.V. Lounge reading series, with Damian Rogers and Chris Eaton.
February 2006, Peterborough: Reading at the Peterborough Arts Umbrella.
February 2006, Peterborough: Classroom visit to Peterborough Collegiate Institute.
February 2006, Toronto: Reading at the Art Bar reading series, with Gary Barwin and Richard Sanger.
February 2006, Hamilton: Reading at the Lit Live reading series, with Gary Barwin and Jennifer Lovegrove.
February 2006, Montreal: Classroom visits (2) at John Abbott College.
February 2006, Montreal: Reading at Zeke's Gallery, with Stephanie Bolster, Geoff Cook and Robyn Sarah.
January 2006, Ottawa: Reading at the Dusty Owl reading Series.
January 2006, Ottawa: Reading at Collected Works bookstore.
January 2006, Halifax: Launch of Ludicrous Parole, The Economy Shoe Shop.
January 2006, Halifax: Classroom visit, Mt. St. Vincent University.
November 2005, Fredericton: Reading at UNB Poetry Weekend.
September 2005, Halifax: Launch of In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry, Shoestring Reading Series, Economy Shoe Shop, with Brian Bartlett, Carole Langille and Sandy Shreve.
May 2005, Halifax: Classroom visit, Mt. St. Vincent University.
April 2005, Charlottetown: Urban Poetry Mass, Confederation Centre for the Arts, with Lesley Ann Bourne, David Helwig, Brent MacLaine and John Smith.
April 2005, Halifax: Launch of To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax, Ginger's Tavern.
April 2005, Halifax: Halifax Public Library, reading with Brian Bartlett and Alice Burdick.
April 2005, Halifax: Halifax International Writer's Festival, Khyber Club.
March 2005, Fredericton: UNB Reading Series, with Dave Cameron.
March 2005, Halifax: CBC Poetry Face Off, Grawood Lounge. Broadcast on CBC Radio in April. Read article in Dalhousie Gazette.
November 2004, Halifax: Classroom visit, Mount St. Vincent University.
November 2004, Halifax: Launch of Brian Bartlett's Travels of the Watch, Economy Shoe Shop.
November 2004, Charlottetown: Launch of Unsettled, Baba's Lounge.
November 2004, Charlottetown: Interview and reading on CBC Radio's "Mainstreet."
November 2004, Halifax: Launch of Unsettled, Khyber Club.
November 2004, Toronto: I.V. Lounge, I.V. Lounge Reading Series.
November 2004, Toronto: The Fuse Room, Transient Orange Reading Series.
October 2004, Ste. Anne de Bellevue: Classroom visit, John Abbott College.
October 2004, Montréal: Interview and reading on CKUT's "The Morning After".
October 2004, Montréal: Launch of Unsettled, Zeke's Gallery.
October 2004, Fredericton: UNB, Alden Nowlan Literary Festival.
May 2004, Toronto: I.V. Lounge, I.V. Lounge Reading Series.
May 2004, Toronto: Victory Café, Art Bar Reading Series.
May 2004, Toronto: Interview and reading on CIUT's "Howl!"
March 2004, Charlottetown: Launch of Fool's Errand.
March 2004, Charlottetown: Interview and reading on CBC Radio's "Mainstreet."
March 2003, Montréal: Yellow Door Reading Series.
June 2002, Charlottetown: Grabbajabba, with John MacKenzie.
June 2002, Charlottetown: Eddie's Lunch, with John MacKenzie.
September, 2001, Toronto: Classroom visits (2) at Seneca College.
September, 2001, Toronto: Victory Café, Art Bar Reading Series.
July 2001, Lasqueti Island, BC: Lasqueti Arts Festival.
July 2001, Vancouver: Interview and reading on Co-Op Radio's "Wax Poetic."
July 2001, Vancouver: Café Montmartre, Thundering Word Heard Reading Series.
July 2001, Vancouver: Bukowski's, Tales of Ordinary Madness Reading Series.
March 2001, Montréal: Launch of Late Night Translations from the Esperanto.
March 2001, Montréal: Casa del Popolo, Wired-on-Words Reading Series.
March 2001, Montréal: Yellow Door Reading Series.
October 2000, Montréal: McKibbin's Pub/Concordia University.