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Jessica Lee McMillan

Jessica Lee McMillan is a poet, educator and civil servant with an MA in English and currently enrolled in Simon Fraser University's The Writer's Studio. When not writing, she spends time with her little family, her big dog and buries herself in books and records. Her first chapbook is forthcoming in Fall 2023 and she is working on her second chapbook. 

Jessica's work explores perception, existential concerns, language, the body, pop culture, music, film, social justice, nature, physics and scale.

She can be read presently/forthcoming in Humber Literary Review, Blank Spaces Magazine, Pinhole Poetry, Riddled with Arrows, Antilang, Tiny Spoon, Dream Pop Journal, Gap Riot Press, SORTES, Train Poetry Journal, Lover's Eye Press, Red Alder Review and others. 

Jessica is a first-generation Canadian settler who lives in New Westminster, British Columbia on stolen and unsurrendered lands of the Coast Salish and Halkomelem-speaking Peoples, in particular, the Kwantlen, Katzie, QayQayt and Kwikwetlem First Nations.

 

Reflections on Glass

Free verse How the cerebellum spills over the shiny panes reflecting the sky, the world in freehand sketching transparent refractions of...

Crow and Bridge

Locking eyes with a perched crow is a transference of bird’s-eye-view, the binocular reconciling of separate frames in one image, side...

The Body Is a Blackout Poem

Bandaids are my tales of chaos on playgrounds, the dermal terrain of nicks and scratches donned in battle with objects I collide, a...

Sky Panes

The bridge tower vaults and church spire hangs under the day moon conversing on altitude with steel-boned views bridge cables and cross...

Lemonade Day

When I passed the lemonade stand, I passed my childhood, late August on the sidewalk, next to the church with humble interior walls,...

Forensics

Hands in motion smudge surfaces unforgiving of polish We groove and light life’s glass of shifting images with our living fingerprints...

Accidental Sunflower

Somehow a patch of sunflowers bloomed from the street corner — a concrete wedge of dog waste baggies, trash from the cannabis shop and...

ROYGBIV

Memory is a basement carpeted in orange and brown, electronics warm, vinyl cords in rainbow of 7 colours 7 notes in analog polyphony...

Anatomy of a Funeral

Standard-issue funeral option tombstones are concrete slabs like ashes in a cardboard box, aggregate mixtures of concrete sprawl, a...

Magpie

You can tell I’m a magpie by the pieces I carry: the magpie, a collector, a good-luck bird, full of words, hiding in patterns round...

A Gathering of Leaves

Poetry by Jessica Lee McMillan On a shelf of volumes bound to me, binding, I extend the vertebrae, the body, a gathering of sewn leaves,...

Anatomy of Summer Wind

Poetry by Jessica Lee McMillan The wind reads my turning pages white dress waving cotton and blanket flaps over dirt swallows whirr for a...