Joanne Epp's poetry has appeared in several Canadian journals and one anthology. In early 2012 she served a four-month term as Writer-In-Residence at St. Margaret's Anglican Church in Winnipeg, which resulted in the release of her first chapbook, Crossings, in May 2012.
(a response to “Zummad” by Krisjans Kaktins-Gorsline)
Outside ourselves, what do we see?
Yes, the sunset, shadows on the lake,
yes, a thought of movement
in the pines along the western shore
straight as the teeth of a comb.
In the tiered hills beyond, there are bears
(so we have heard). We see the world
as through a wire fence, overlaid
with the mesh of our own minds.
One or the other always out of focus.
Beyond the fence there's movement.
A distant wind shakes the trees.
Ekphrastic Encounters: Animating Art with Words
Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Canadian, b. 1980, Zummad, 2012, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 121.92, courtesy of Battat Contemporary