Selected writings

My dad had the bad habit (which I unfortunately inherited) of not finishing what he started. Where in his professional life he was fairly diligent and hard-headed, in his creative writing he tended to abandon his fanciful ideas when he got bogged down in the practicalities of plot construction. When he did finish a story he’d often lose faith in what he’d written and tuck it away in a desk drawer, never to see the light of day.

I’m not going to second-guess him and publish his fragments and first drafts. Here are a few of my favourites among the stories, poems, and articles he did manage to complete.


The Band Known As Sea Water BlissThe Band Known As Sea Water Bliss
A poem, early 1980s


Through the Glass DarklyThrough The Glass Darkly
From Bailey’s Illustrated Monthly, 1987


The Great Canadian Goose Boot Company Ltd.The Great Canadian Goose Boot Company
“Field Operations Guide”, 1980


Thelma's Roomy HatThelma’s Roomy Hat
A short story, early 1980s


Snow wormOne More Time, For The Worm’s Sake
A short story, c. 1969-70


Untitled Louse StoryUntitled Louse Story
A short story, c. 1969-70

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