Josephine LoRe, poet and photographer

... a pearl in this diamond world

Josephine LoRe is a Calgary-based poet and writer who has published two collections of poetry, prose and photography, “Unity” and “The Cowichan Series”, which was a Calgary Herald Bestseller. Her first short story, "Cornflower" was published in 2019.

She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada, the Writers' Guild of Alberta, and Calgary's Alexandra Writers' Center Society,  She has taught creative writing workshops through the Alexandra and When Words Collide.

Josephine's poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, the US, England, Japan, India, Wales, China, France and Ireland.

Her next undertaking is a collection of poetry based upon her Sicilian heritage.

excerpt from 'Forget Me Not',

published in FreeFall Magazine


I shall sit on the rocks by the water 

and comb out my long greying hair 

you might call me Rhiannon or Psyche  

but you would be mistaken 

for I am none of those 

I am all 


with my silent song shall I summon 

sailors, soldiers to my door 

watch them collide unencumbered  

on the sharp precipice of my shore 


I shall pick up shells one by one 

listen for lost echo of love 


I shall open the oyster 

drink deep the elixir  

savour each pearl on my tongue 


forget me not 

excerpt from 'Morning Waxing', for Parkland Poetry's Alberta Culture Days

Magpie, king in this uncontested game of thrones

A raucous bird; no finesse except in flight

Iridescent teal, immaculate chest

He forgot to ask for song so instead,

wings spread wide, writes an ancient tale

A fountain pen across the sky

excerpt from 'Minus the Killing'

published in the 2020

Pandemic Poetry Anthology


I discover I like the dark

     walking in the rain

the song of the birds in the morning

              All their voices

     the questions of the robin

The bossy crow

   the tapping and flicker

     on the side of my house


My favourite time is dusk

  when the sky mutates                                                                                 

       from cornflower to periwinkle

And robins again ask

       The same questions


I keep my bedroom windows open

       for news of the birds

Barbecue sauce     the burning of wood

Cowichan Lake Misting, January 2020

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