Q&A with Poet Lynne Burnett

One of my favourite poets interviews me!:

O at the Edges

I’m pleased to offer this Q&A with poet Lynne Burnett:

Lynne Burnett on the old Ice Road (Mackenzie River) between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk (inside the Arctic Circle).

Your chapbook, Irresistible, has recently been published. Can you tell us something about it? 

The poems in this book have transitions in common – from death and dying, whether accidental or planned, to milestones such as a son leaving home etc.  There’s love palpably felt after death and beyond it, little epiphanies from near-disasters, the whole subject of death from many different angles – the news that breaks us, how our lives are enlarged by telling moments. The title poem “Irresistible” and “Tandem Hang-Gliding Incident” seemed to embody our human failings and the unnecessary accidental deaths we suffer as a result. But also, physically, death is inevitable and therefore irresistible – we can’t resist it. It will happen sooner or later: our first…

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6 thoughts on “Q&A with Poet Lynne Burnett

  1. Great interview Lynne my light-filled love (can never resist appropriate alliteration 😊). Happy Mother’s Day 💐🌼🌺🌸💐 xo H

    Sent from my iPhone Helen Ann Hardisty

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  2. Right back at you, Helen! And thank you! And more to come in a couple of days (second part of interview). Oh, I have no emojis on my desktop! xox You know how I feel about you!

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  3. Lynne, I just read Part 2 of the interview. Part 1 was great, Part 2 I LOVED. So full of information, inspiration and connections.

    Interesting in the end with the black panther. Although I would never think of the cat as my totem… I had completely forgotten that one was an important part of my life for a number of years (decades ago). I used to have trouble falling asleep and when I did I would imagine a black panther, night shades, powerful and near-invisible. We would find a cave where I would finally lay down to sleep as he kept vigilant watch. Sometimes there were two. As I write this I can clearly picture that imaginary landscape and my guardian.

    Have a great day Lynne. I look forward to getting my hands on Irresistible.

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    1. Oh, Chris, I’m so glad you loved the rest of the interview! And that it connected with you so well (guess Bob knew what he was doing when he asked for full in-depth answers lol). And it’s so very interesting we have black panthers in common eh? Powerful guardian/spirit animal indeed! I love your panther story – real or not, the source energy it releases into our world(s) is a point of power we can draw on anytime, I think. Thank you for sharing that! And also for getting my little book! You started my day off great again!

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