Janet Barkhouse’s poems and stories have been published across Canada in such journals as CV2, Literary Review of Canada, Riddle Fence, Room Magazine, and The New Quarterly. Her debut collection of poems, Salt Fires, published by Pottersfield Press in the fall of 2018, follows on two chapbooks, Silence and Sable Island Fieldnotes (with photographs by Zoe Lucas); a “docupoem” short film screened at Lunenburg Doc Fest 2017; and three children’s books. Janet lives on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.
Autumn by Phyllis Koppel
Words Fail Me
Snow is falling in my brain, gentle,
relentless. It starts with a small silence,
in the easy rhythm of talk. A familiar word fails
Bewildered by the changing…