Sunday, September 06, 2009

Wendy Morton

" Wendy Morton's poetry always surprises. It embraces both humour and grief with equal measure. It pays attention to thunder and cinnamon, bread and tutus, and by doing so expresses our human world with grace and joy"
Patrick Lane

Wendy Morton has been WestJet Airlines' poet of the skies, DaimlerChrysler's poet of the road and is sponsored as well by Prairie Naturals Vitamins, Fairmont hotels, Green Beaver Skin Care Products and AbeBooks. She has relentlessly taken poetry out of bookstores and coffee shops, out into the street with Random Acts of Poetry a national poetry project now in it's sixth year--bringing corporate sponsors, poets and audiences together in new ways.

She has five collections of poetry, Private Eye, Undercover, Shadowcatcher from Ekstasis Edition, Gumshoe and What Were Their Dreams from Black Moss Press. Her memoir, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast was published by Emdash Books.

She has been an insurance investigator for 27 years and her work often informs her poetry. She believes that a poem is the shortest distance between two hearts; that poetry can take the armour we wear--that we polish to a bright shine to keep the world at bay and to keep our hearts buried--and shatter it. Poetry, she believes, is a gift that we can create from whatever life has in store for us.

She has lived in the same house west of Sooke, B.C. on the Strait of Juan de Fuca for 36 years. She is a confirmed raven watcher.

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