Extrapolate Wonder from the Commonplace


Poetic Alchemy

by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews


I spin golden words

From my world of straw.


I extrapolate wonder

From the commonplace.

The centre is anywhere I am

For there is no other place

No other happiness

Other than the piece of sky

I expand with my yearning.


My eyes create reality

With the poetic palette of blood hues:

The deep reds, the melancholy blues.

I strike a match on stone

And memory ignites it to diamond.


I immortalize people and places

I have loved.

The real world pales

While within me,


The universe explodes

With the infinite


Colours of creation.


About Author

Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews

Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews is the host and coordinator of the Oakville Literary Café Series, as well as Chair of the Ontario Poetry Society. Recently her work has featured on HOWL Radio and The Artis Literary Journal. She has written five collections of poetry: "The Whispers of Stones", "Sea Glass", "The Red Accordion", "Letters from the Singularity" and "A Jar of Fireflies". Nature and one's place in it, as well as memory and social justice are her muse. Her poems "The Red Accordion" and "Emerald City" were shortlisted for Descant's Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Prize and The Malahat Review's Open Seasons Award respectively. In 2015, her poem "Ghost" received first prize in Toronto's Big Pond Rumours Journal Contest. Josie is the author of two non-fiction books: "How The Italians Created Canada" and "In the Name of Hockey." She lives, teaches and writes in Oakville Ontario, Canada.

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