Fireweed (Courtesy: Banff Sunshine Meadows)

The Construction of Things – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden I:I:3

“The Construction of Things” is the first of the four poems that comprise “Dispossession,” the sequence that opens part one of Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, “The Covenant of Mortal Dreams.” The theme of the poem is the destruction of environment. It is published in the University of New Brunswick’s The Fiddlehead (Fredericton, NB), 243, 45 (2010).…

Oil, Gas, and the Relentless Decline of Community – andrea bennett – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden I:I:4

andrea bennett’s poem You can put your fingers on the feelings appeared in the same Canadian Literature 216 issue as my poem Chrysoglott. I am reminded of this coincidence after reading her article Boom, in the March 2015 issue of The Walrus, on oil and gas in Fort Nelson in northern British Columbia. In the…

New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. Fredericton, New Brunswick (Courtesy: canadainpictures.com)

The Decay of Power – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden I:I:4 – Chrysoglott

In 2009 I worked as the chief administrative officer of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. That February, Mayor Jed Purcell, prominent businessmen, and I, all steering the town’s civic centre project were preparing for a meeting on funding with Premier Shawn Graham. Mid-morning, the mayor and I drove to Fredericton, over icy and slush-covered roads, checked…

Crack house demolition, St. Stephen New Brunswick

The Start of My Own Political Campaign – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden I:II:2

“The Start of My Own Political Campaign,” a poem from Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden was published in Fredericton’s St. Thomas University’s Nashwaak Review, volume 30/31, in 2013. Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden discusses problems that are examined in Richard Wagner’s tetralogy, The Ring of the Nibelung, and the problems presented by the composer himself, his work, and the…