March 21, 2019 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION




Penn Kemp




The Spread



Limit the news

and blood still


seeps under our door

through the silence


crying peace, peace

when there is no peace


We awake in comfort

when those others don’t


We feast to celebrate

when others can’t


All the while what

else to do but be


kind to one’s own

kind and to all yours


out there where

kindness needs

most to spread






Mary McDonald photo

Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp is the author most recently of Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, 2018) and Local Heroes  (Insomniac Press, 2018). New eco-poems, including her multimedia collaboration with artist Mary McDonald on www.riverrevery.ca, will be published as River Revery (Insomniac Press, 2019). Quattro Books has published two other works, Barbaric Cultural Practice, and an anthology Penn edited, Jack Layton: Art in Action.

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