Author Archives: Leanne Beattie

When I Am Brave

When I am brave, I will face the page every day with excitement and expectation. I will build a pile of pages, some connected by thoughts and themes, and some individual ones, standing alone with a purpose. A poem. An … Continue reading

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Creative Writing Support

Do you think you might be a writer, but you’re afraid to say it out loud to anyone? Do you need help taking those precious baby steps towards making a more creative life? Do you feel you’re called to write, … Continue reading

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Wild, Wild Love

I have a wild, wild love of possibilities. Of change. Of starting over. Especially of starting over in a new place, not running away per se but new beginnings. A new house in a new town, new friendships, new stores … Continue reading

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Kelso Beach

I grew up near Kelso Beach, a small beach only a block or two away from my childhood home in Owen Sound. No, really, a tiny beach, but it had a picnic pavilion and public washrooms and a creek winding … Continue reading

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Hemingway Talks About Love

We ate well And cheaply And drank well And cheaply And slept well And warm together And loved Each other –   Ernest Hemingway She wanted the print because it contained a quote by a famous author and featured a typewriter, … Continue reading

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It Feels So Good To Write About Clarity

It hit me the other day when I had just finished reading a YA novel by Nina Lacour. I remembered how big everything felt when I was a teenager: happiness was bigger. Jealousy was bigger. Anger was bigger. And all … Continue reading

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Poem: March 27, 2020

I  almost forgot to write a poem today Wrapped up in coronanews: more deaths reported Expect more tomorrow I am thick-waisted with carbs, my skin perfumed with rubbing alcohol Absorbed With the fullness of solitude I pick up my pen, … Continue reading

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Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Went out for a walk last night and the world felt heavy Clouds hanging low, pressure pulsing on my chest A jogger waved on his way past And a lady walking her dog But one couple didn’t look at me … Continue reading

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A year of transformation

This has been a hard year and I won’t be sad to see it go. My sister died on March 29 at the age of 59 from complications related to her acquired brain injury and my mother died on April … Continue reading

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This Is What You’ll Get

This is what you’ll get when you mess with us Unmovable stubbornness no matter how hard you push Turning away the more you grasp Alone Arms of branches, wisps of willow Holding hope for a minute there I lost myself … Continue reading

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