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POETIC JUSTICE

Okay, to set the scene, on the recent Adventure Canada cruise to Greenland, I found that the onboard bookstore had sold out of copies of my books, while copies of some Margaret Atwood's titles were still on the shelves. I mentioned this in passing at the ship's evening gathering - possibly offering my commiserations (ahem) - and was skewered at the the following evening's poetry event by a limerick from Margaret; 

There once was a codger named Steve   

Who had lots of tricks up his sleeve;

He pissed off Saint Margaret

A dangerous target

And now he's a toad in Belize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To which I replied (eventually)

To my lasting regret 

insulted Margaret

And now I must pay for my joke

I’m a sub-human toad

In a forest abode

Still, Belize is a nice place to croak.

So beware and take heed

Should you once feel the need

To take on the queen of Can Lit

A life of despair

Awaits you out there

But boy, it surely was worth it

I await a response with trepidation!

Between July 4 and July 25, I was honoured to join Adventure Canada on their cruises circumnavigating Iceland, and then travelling from Iceland to Greenland In the Wake of the Vikings as onboard naturalist and author. I encourage you to check out this organization and their partnerships with Birdlife International and the
Graeme Gibson Fellowship.

www.adventurecanada.com

 

GLOBE SHORT STORY  GOLDFINCHES ARE BROWN

Goldfinches Are Brown, the short story I was commissioned to write for the Globe & Mail, appeared in the Diversions section of the holiday edition, published December 24th.  

For those unable to access the  newspaper version, the online version of the story can be found here

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