Writings And Such

Welcome to the "Writings And Such" page of my outfit blog, Butane Anvil. Surprise! All of the outfits and shoes are under the "Home" tab, with literary / arts updates to be added here from time to time, as good news allows.

Where applicable, I have indicated how to access the works below. If a purchase is involved, please know that I receive no proceeds such as royalties or through affiliate linking etc. I am happy to add a personalized dedication note and / or sign those publications which are available through the Norfolk Arts Centre — let them know if you'd like that when you order, though be aware this request can delay shipping by a week or so.

Thanks, and enjoy!


• one poem: by the time he hit the floor. Winner of the Readers' Choice Award in the Poem of the Year 2015 contest. (THANKS TO Y'ALL!!!) Arc Poetry Magazine #77, Summer 2015 (coming soon). Read my poem here with the other shortlisted works.

• three poems: Blue Language 1: Navy, Hopscotch, and Beyond Repair. The Fiddlehead No. 263, Spring 2015.

• shortlisted for Arc Poetry Magazine Poem of the Year 2015: by the time he hit the floor. See it here with the other contenders and vote for the Readers' Choice Award until March 30! Voting now closed—thanks, all! Find out the winners of the Readers' Choice Award and the $5000 Grand Prize in the next issue of Arc, available in about a million years. 

• one epic chicken poem: Measures. Windsor Review Special Alice Munro Issue, Vol. 47, No. 2, Fall 2014.

cover art: for Steel, Sean. (June 2014). The Pursuit of Wisdom and Happiness in Education. SUNY Press. When his dissertation was accepted for publication, my friend of almost 30 years invited me to submit artwork for consideration. The egg chosen by SUNY Press for Sean's book cover (and the cover of their Spring 2014 catalogue) was laid by my hen Starr and shows the hazel tree, Celtic "source of all poetic wisdom." 

See my discussion of symbolism with Sean alongside photos of all nine Wisdom Eggs I decorated using traditional and modern Ukrainian pysanky methods; brief (1:27) accidental and comical egg / chicken photoshoot video here.

photo by Sean Steel

• 2 poems: River Blonde and Home to Roost. The Malahat Review, No. 185, Winter 2013.

• three poems: No, No, No; Peachy; The Devil Walked Past Us. Lee, John B., Ed. (2013). Window Fishing: The night we caught Beatlemania. Hidden Brook Press. (anthology of international contributors)

— available via Amazon.ca (Canada), Amazon.com (USA), Indigo

• chapbook of ekphrastic poems & photographs: Product of Eden: Field of Mice. Norfolk Arts Centre, Simcoe, Ontario. (2013).

a performance art gardening installation by Mary Catherine Newcomb
poems & photos by yours truly
reviewed by John B. Lee in The Ontario Poetry Society's Verse Afire (May 2014)

$12 + HST
— available through the Norfolk Arts Centre

five poems: BRIGHT: Tobacco Butts, Behind the Needle, and Baleful Tales of Barn and Bunkhouse. Numéro Cinq Magazine, Poetry, Vol. IV, No. 7, July 2013. 

(full text at link —>) poems on tobacco farming, with old family photographs
introduction and memoir excerpt by Douglas Glover and video of tobacco harvest

• one poem: Horse Broken. Lee, John B. and Léon, Dr. Manuel de Jesus Velázquez, Eds. (2013). Beyond the Seventh Morning. Hidden Brook Press / SandCrab Books. (anthology of Canadian Contributors) 

— available via Amazon.ca or publisher's catalogue

Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Cornelia Hoogland, John B. Lee, 
Susan McCaslin, Al Purdy, and Glen Sorestad. And me. 

festival scholarship recipient: Words Aloud 9 (November 2012). Check out the Words Aloud YouTube Channel and documentary directed by my dear friend Liz Zetlin.

I perform my just-written-that-day poem, Threads, 00:30 - 01:30

co-editor: with Jaques, John. (2011). Lynn River Review Vol. 2: Moving Earth. Norfolk Arts Cnre, Simcoe, Ontario. (90 pages of local writing and visual art)

additional contributions: book design, Editors' Message 
poems: Dirty Work, Gift Horse
photographs: Ghosts of September, Clingstone Hearts
illustrations: Wingspan, Gift Horse

$8 + HST
— available through the Norfolk Arts Centrenorfolkartscentre@norfolkcounty.ca

— or together with  Vol. 1: Eclectic (1983) for $10 + HST
cat included while quantities last

• poem & drawing: Gift Horse (2011). The Writer's Block. 8 (hand-illuminated manuscripts themed issue), page 14.  Online journal, now defunct; view entire Issue #8 .pdf here.

contributor, Project Advisory Group: Children's Mental Health Ontario (2005). Arts-Based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Youth: Evaluation of Innovative Programs in Ontario. (<— full .pdf document at link)

• one poem: Replanting (2000). POEISIS: A Journal of the Arts and Communication. 2, pp. 61-62. EGS Press. 

Out of print. Poem available by request. 

• short story: Printmaking. Second Prize winner, 1993 Hart House Literary Contest for Short Fiction. Hart House Review. Spring 1993, p. 13. University of Toronto / Coach House Books. 
Out of print. Short story available by request. 

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