“It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
of what is found there.”
— William Carlos Williams
Hi! I am Andrew King. I’m in my 60s, a “customer service worker” for a fast-food restaurant in Oakville, Ontario, but as my Twitter profile (@heartofdogness) says, “I am a fan of dogs, poetry, the Sunday lectionary, the daily news. . .” and to which I add: Maple Grove United Church, (a member congregation of The United Church of Canada). But poetry is currently my principal part-time passion, reading it and sometimes writing it. And sometimes even publishing it:
In 1999 I was fortunate enough to have a poem published in a journal (long since defunct) named The Queen Street Quarterly (Vol. 3, No. 2). I then fell away from writing poetry until fairly recently, but was fortunate again this past November (2013) to have a poem (“Sestina For Rana Plaza”) published as a winner in a poetry contest run by the Toronto Star. I have also had a poem published in the February, 2014 issue of the British Columbia literary magazine PRISM international (Vol. 52:2).
I do not send a lot of poems out to literary magazines — not even close — so this blog will be a place where I can share some of my passions and poetic efforts — as well as, very occasionally, links to other poetry that I like from around the web. My goal for the year is to post a poem a week about the Sunday Gospel lesson from the lectionary (the words from William Carlos Williams about poetry apply equally well to the Bible itself). I cannot claim that my poems will be of prize quality; I write primarily for spiritual self-nourishment. However, if someone else can derive even a small benefit from my work, then that will be an answer to prayer.
I hope you will visit me from time to time. May you enjoy what you find here.