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The Process & Bios

Notes on "Make-Believe"
by Al Rempel and Joanna Smythe

Joanna and I have been in a writing group together for about a year, and have often found our thematic concerns converging. Crows are known for their transforming power and for being tricksters -- whether in our world or within a line of poetry.

Joanna has drawn the visual art called "Sentencing Crows" and I have written the poem "Make-Believe".

- Al Rempel
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“Sentencing Crows” is a depiction of one crow as it makes its way under a mythic sky, observed by timeless celestial bodies that move from horizon to horizon, accompanying all of our journeys.

This piece will be on display in the group exhibit, Us, from April 14, 2011 till June 2011 at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George.

- Joanna Smythe



Joanna Smythe is a writer and visual artist living in Prince George. She is completing a joint BFA degree through Emily Carr and UNBC and has recently had her poetry published in Unfurled, an anthology of northern women writers. She finds her art and writing have a relationship where one creative mode often stimulates the other. Her work starts as an observation of relationships or nature and explores the connections between these inner and outer worlds.

Al Rempel’s books of poetry are understories (Caitlin Press, 2010) and a chapbook, The Picket Fence Diaries (Lipstick Press, 2010). His poems have also appeared in The Malahat Review, Grain, CV2, and Event. He’s been published in various on-line publications and anthologies, including Rocksalt and 4 Poets. Al is currently an alternate teacher in Prince George, BC.


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