Monday, June 22, 2015

Nelson Ball


For Catherine Stevenson

likes to visit this place

where I live
mostly in silence

she says
it is peaceful

compared to life
with her students

and her children
here she will

speak words
onto the still air

they breathe

and we
look at them

Nelson Ball’s most recent poetry books are In This Thin Rain and Some Mornings (Mansfield Press, 2012 and 2014). An online chapbook of his poems, A Rattle of Spring Frogs, appears on the website of Hamilton Arts & Letters. Chapbooks are forthcoming this year from Apt. 9 Press, Laurel Reed Books and Stone The Crows! Press. Nelson and his late wife and soulmate, artist and writer Barbara Caruso, are the subjects of Nelson Ball & Barbara Caruso / Home Project / A Photo Documentary, a video created by his friend Catherine Stevenson, who is the subject of this poem. The video can be viewed on YouTube.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jacqueline Valencia


We were climbing the mountain
and arrived at the peak
to float in high altitudes. You
chose to dance with the galaxies
above us like an obscure
narration of a moment forgotten.

I stood and observed.

Glaciers around us
at attention constructing
a circle of resonance
and the village lights below
were nothing compared to
the lamps of your eyes
fuelled by naphthalene
and anger.
But there we stood
monstrous illusions to the
tracked by the planets’
celestial dust, busted snowshoes,
dull hammers, ice picks,
our wedding rings
sucking in the starlight
as if we mattered
to anything outside of us.

It’s unbelievable what
you can find
when you are not looking:
the falsity of the sun dog,
the incoming meteor, the silver
of the moon, a rolling
thunder, and the love I
still felt for you at the start
of your departure.

Jacqueline Valencia is a Toronto-based writer and critic. Her work has appeared in various publications across Canada, and she is currently working on her first novel. Check out Jacqueline’s work and poetry experiments at

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

OK, this time I'm serious


I know I said last November that this weekly poetry blog was going to return in January. So my credibility is low. But really: it's on the verge of becoming active again. You'll see.

Stuart Ross

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Week Shall Inherit The Verse returns


As a result of a health emergency in my family in June 2013, I decided to suspend this blog. That emergency stretched into many months, into the following year. And then I had many months of catch-up and an enormously heavy workload to contend with. I'm thinking that by 2015, I'll be ready to get The Week Shall Inherit The Verse going again. Look for the first new issue the week of January 5.

Stuart Ross

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Greg Evason


Sontag said
was not
to be
I sometimes say
the only one
should be
is our toe

Greg Evason's poems and drawings and collages and paintings and short stories and plays have appeared in many online and offline magazines around the world. He has has had at least ten chapbooks published and recently his book PLOWING DOWN THE CUT was published by Luna Bisonte Prods. He is an autodidact from way back. His work has been collected by the Sackner Archive and archived by the Ohio State University Library. He has written many novels which he has recently started to submit to publishers. He is not a cynic. In fact, he has high hopes for the future of mankind which he sees lying in wait for us as long as we commit fully to travel in and cultivation of space. First, all religious dogma needs to be tossed into the trash bin of history. Greg lives in Toronto.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Michael e. Casteels


a) you avert your eyes, look down at the sidewalk

b) you smile and say hello

c) you run screaming into the night

d) you both run screaming into the night

Michael e. Casteels has self-published over a dozen chapbooks of poetry and artwork. His poetry has also appeared in 529 (Proper Tales Press), Sterling Magazine, The Undergraduate Review, Incongruous Quarterly, In/Words, and That Not Forgotten (Hidden Brook Press). He was nominated for the emerging artist award in the 2012 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts. He lives in Kingston, Ontario where he runs Puddles of Sky Press (

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Carol A. Stephen


after Joe Brainard’s Imaginary Still Lifes

I climb into a taxi
          on the other seat is a man
          with an old grey monkey

I climb into a taxi
          on the other seat is a bird cage
          with a large egg inside

I climb into a taxi
          on the other seat is a dead body
          in a flowery hat

I climb into a taxi
          on the other seat are five cold plums
          I eat them

I climb into a taxi
          on the other seat is William Carlos Williams
          he is looking for some plums

I climb into a taxi
                    There is a picture of me on the back of the seat
                    Old grey monkey clutching an egg

Carol A. Stephen is a Carleton Place poet who typed her first poems in Toronto on a green Olivetti typewriter, complete with whiteouts. Her work sometimes shows up in Ottawa journals, Tree Press chapbooks, and Ontario Poetry Society’s Verse Afire. She took third place in the 2012 Canadian Authors National Capital Writing Contest. In 2012, she also wrote a finalist poem for VERSeFest for the End of the World Contest. Carol co-directs Ottawa’s Tree Reading Series and has written two chapbooks, Above the Hum of Yellow Jackets, 2011, and Architectural Variations, 2012. Carol blogs about stuff on Quillfyre.