The companion to 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize finalist The News

“Almost Winter” by Sharon Montgomery

(Book Cover To Come)

My fifth poetry collection, Weather, will be a book of small poems, mostly haiku. It will be published by Gaspereau Press in the Spring of 2024.

From Weather‘s afterword:

“This book is a continuation of my 2016 collection, The News. For that book I wrote 36 poems, one per week through my wife’s pregnancy with our first child. Here I have written 156 poems, one per week through the first three years of life of our second child. Beyond that mirroring, the poems in the two books bear little resemblance to one another. When I wrote the roving, intertextual lyric poems in The News, my time was largely mine; my concerns were existential, political, abstract. Now, with two children and a mother many years into a dementia diagnosis, far less time is my own and my concerns are restrained to the limits of my senses: what I see, what I hear, what I touch. What touches me. The weather. My life, like my poems, has transformed from lyric to haiku. It is in many ways unrecognizable. And yet it is the same life. When I catch myself obsessing over form, I remind myself that it is the same life.”

Poems in Weather have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including The Fiddlehead, Frogpond, The Literary Review of Canada, Modern Haiku, Best Canadian Poetry 2024 and Worth More Standing: Poets and Activists Pay Homage to Trees.

I wrote about my move towards writing haiku in an essay for The Tyee (originally published in Event).

Keep an eye on this page for updates on the book, including ordering and tour information!

Sample Poems

Five Haiku
The Creek
The Blue Octopus

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