[ Issue 6 / August 2013]

The wind lifts

a scrap of news,

skipping along blacktop,

onto the sidewalk,

up the steps

of Mercy church

to its chained gates.


Lifting high on a

gust, that paper

twirls, trying to reach

my balcony,

falling again to the ground,

pirouetting around planters

of anemic trees,


escaping the broom

of the  night




Lorraine is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her poetry and narratives have been published in over 90 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America and Europe, such as Drumvoices Revue, Canadian Dimension, In Other Words: Mérida (Mexico) and A New Ulster (Northern Ireland). In addition, her works appear in eight chapbooks of poetry, five audio recordings and ten anthologies. She has also authored several travel guidebooks. In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada chose her as the poet of the month. Lorraine has done over 200 literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. For the past decade, she has been traveling through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.