When you consider things like the stars, our affairs
don’t seem to matter very much, do they?
Nonsense? Not entirely. Of course we write to be read. It is said that poetry is not complete until it has been spoken to an audience. Making and finding ways to share poetry in a cultural context matters. Here are some places that Lesley-Anne’s poems have been and will be:
Mute Swan, Poems for Maria Queen of the World, is Lesley-Anne’s debut poetry collection, from The St. Thomas Poetry Series (Toronto). Lesley-Anne’s periodical publications include The Antigonish Review, CV-2, Cascadia Review, Ekphrastic Review, Faith Today, Presence Journal, and more…
Over the years Lesley-Anne has read widely and shared about the writing life. She often invites audiences to collaborate in “interactive” poetry making.
Pop Up Poetry is a public engagement initiative Lesley-Anne began to celebrate National Poetry Month, in April 2012. She shares poems in hope that people find what they need.
Poetry circles, installations, a street level art gallery for marginalized artists, and a museum exhibit sharing stories of being unhomed, are ways Lesley-Anne holds space for the voices of those most overlooked.
Occasionally, in the midst of the nonsense, a grace: a kind rejection letter, or a poem receives some unexpected attention. Each is a gift.
“meticulous brilliance in Lesley-Anne Evans’ vivid, highly evocative spiritual memoir in poems…crisp and quietly intense…compelling poetic voice…lovely textures and notes…”
Diane Tucker, in her review of Mute Swan, Poems for Maria Queen of the World