The Cross-Country Poetry Swap

The Cross-Country Poetry Swap documents my 2014 trip from Victoria, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia. As my partner and I drove across the country, I left poetry on the way: at rest stops, campgrounds, and cafes. I was curious to see who would pick up my offerings, and who (if anyone) would take the time to respond. As the trip unfolded, and my partner became very ill halfway across this enormous country of ours, I found that my poetry project became a lifeline. Without the poems that follow, I don’t know if I would have made it to Halifax

Prince Edward Island

I’ve never been to P.E.I. before. I was very excited as we neared the bridge, and not just because we are staying with Chris’ parents here so we get a break from camping. I never thought I’d miss the ocean so much! As we drove across that amazing 13 kilometer bridge, the sky was divided equally between storm and sun.

In our three days on P.E.I., I have eaten my first lobster, had my first dip in the Atlantic ocean, been to a really fantastic farmer’s market, and checked out an art gallery and restaurant called The Dunes.

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