“Growing up with various medical conditions, I struggled with how society perceived my (dis) abilities and began documenting my experiences through poetry.”

We’re delighted to present this poem and photograph by Cara Jones, one of the five poems that were selected after we issued a call for poems earlier in the year.

How to find Canada, how to believe again
it is where a freedom is rampant,
it is where it is worth what it takes
to rebuild the lives of those families
who somehow have managed to say,
“We can, and we will.”

A new poem by Truro poet Chad Norman, this one dedicated to El Jones.

Delighted to present Wash your hands after reading this poem, by Antigonish poet Nanci Lee, and with a gorgeous illustration by painter Leya Evelyn. This is the first of the poems we selected after our call for poems and illustrators earlier this year. We have some catching up to do, so expect more than one poem a month for the next little while.

These are very difficult times for people who make their living in the arts sector in Nova Scotia. To do our tiny little thing to help, the Nova Scotia Advocate, in yet another bad business decision, commits to featuring (at least) one poem or piece of short fiction each month, for the next five months. And we pay.

Angela Bowden read this terrific poem at the rally in support of Santina Rao, the young mother falsely accused of shoplifting at the Mumford Road Walmart and violently arrested by four police officers in front of her little children.