Nan Williamson — Accommodations

Poem title: Accomodations Poet: Nan Williamson Poem: I love red leaves that curl, hand-painted, round three sherry glasses on my window sill, the tiny oriental sage carved in heirloom ivory – his copper coloured robe, his flowing beard, the yellow cushion on the rocking chair, the insistent chords of Einstein on the Beach, art books piled on Persian rug, and most of all my twenty windows trimmed with Georgian molding, twenty frames for maple trees and sky and the stars at midnight. You love the small green pond, yellow water lilies open to the sun on heart-shaped leaves: damselflies flutter, dazzle blue and green, swarms of midges hover, in dense mats of slender weeds rising from a soft mud bed, drowned wood, and pencil reeds. I might grow to love your rough-hewn cabin on the bay, where green waves slap steely granite on the shore and a thin cold spume snaps at the scudding sky, where jack pines clutch at crevices and jagged branches lean one way. But never mind, I’m still partial to those violets pushing through your lawn, amber cat crouched in the peonies, and I admit, you have me whole, with candles lit at seven, flames dancing to the cello, Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach. End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Nan Williamson Appears in the League of Canadian Poets’ Fresh Voices 21, edited by Joan Conway and Blaine Marchand Nan Williamson is a teacher, artist and author in Peterborough Ontario. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Toronto, 2013. Her chapbook, leave the door open for the moon, was published by Jackson Creek Press in 2015. Nan is inspired by beauty – natural or created – in art, music, poetry, and by language and the challenge of painting with brushes or words. Always interested in the verbal-visual connection, she plays with shapes, colours, and texture to wed form and content in paint and poetry. She is the illustrator for Delicate Impact, a Canadian anthology of poetry, A Beret Days Book, The Ontario Poetry Society, 2018. Her poems have been published in many juried literary journals and anthologies in Canada and the UK.


This poem first appeared in Fresh Voices 21, a project from and for the League’s associate members, edited by Joan Conway (Check out her personal blog!) and Blaine Marchand. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this opportunity to showcase the work of our associate members in this series!

Fresh Voices 21 includes poetry by: Lisa Alletson, Moni Brar, Neall Calvert, Melanie Flores, Michelle Hillyard, Frank Klaassen, Joseph LaBine, Josephine LoRe, John Oross and Nan Williamson.

Check out Fresh Voices 21