Lee Ellen Pottie
for Phillip and Jillian Hall
I open the book, flipping pages like a fan, almost spreading them – a bound pack of cards watch as the titles, odd or even words catch my eye, repeating the gesture until I stop on one that calls to me. The title must agree with my mood or I will flip on waiting to be intrigued by the message I imagine waits for me. Snow foxes and owls, siblings with autism, burnt gold wool and a crochet hook, sable and black dog nose, unfold before my mind, my spirit words, ideas, colours, smells even oozing from pages. Each day something just a bit or much different. Unvaccinated unlimited travel to English gardens in Victoria Pleistocene seas near Indonesia, a Giant sloth at the Sea-Tac airport absconding to other worlds in words in another human imagination. This is how I burrow into poetry.
Note: Pleistocene seas and the Giant sloth are thanks to Joanna Lilley’s Endlings
Lee Ellen Pottie is a self-employed editor and writer; a sessional English professor at UPEI, Charlottetown, Canada; and an amateur photographer and painter. Lee Ellen has published two chapbooks, the latest worthless with The Alfred Gustav Press in Vancouver; this is her second publication by Old Water Rat Publishing in Burrow. She was born in Halifax, grew up there and in Montreal, Fredericton, and Windsor, and continues to grow in PEI, where she lives with her husband, writer Richard Lemm, and their dogs, Théo, named for Vincent’s brother, and Siena.