See those two images up there? It wasn’t a mistake. Even during Poetry Month there’s room for Story Time Friday!
Like STF in general, I include poetry as the “story” part of the series title. Today, I have a poem from poet Maria Haskins to share. To go with that, Maria has been nice enough to share a bit of the story behind the poem, as well. I’m happy when I get to share a little bit of what goes on behind the piece itself, and this is no different.
You can also read up on the collection Maria’s poem came from after you’re done. And if you enjoy it, there’ll be another poem from this poet next week. It isn’t an STF post. It’s something even better! Don’t forget to come back for that one.
Now, I’ll hand the blog over to Maria, the real reason you’re here…
This poem is from my latest collection of poetry, ‘Cuts’. It’s one of those poems that came to me very quickly. One morning when I got on Facebook, I found out that a very good friend of mine in Sweden had died of cancer. She’d been in remission for several years, and hadn’t told a lot of her friends that the cancer was back. That morning her husband messaged me and that’s how I found out she had passed away. It hit me hard, the suddenness and finality of it, and I wrote this poem that day because I was in so much pain: about her death, about not staying in touch with her more, about her and my own mortality. Most poems come a lot slower and harder for me, they grow over time, but this one arrived almost fully formed.
About the Author:
Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but since the early 1990s she lives just outside Vancouver on Canada’s west coast with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.
Her English language debut ‘Odin’s Eye’ – a collection of science fiction short-stories – was published in March, 2015. Her book ‘Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015’ was released on November 9, 2015, and includes both new poems written in English, and her own translations of her previously published Swedish poetry. She is currently writing fantasy and science fiction short stories. Two new short stories that will appear in an anthology in the Mind’s Eye Series, set to be published in 2016.
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