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Tricia McCallum

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Glasgow, The United Kingdom




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Tricia McCallum is an award winning Glasgow-born Canadian writer and poet, a Huffington Post Blogger, and a nominee for the 2016 Pushcart Prize.

McCallum is the author of "The Music of Leaving" by Toronto's Demeter Press (2014) and "Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered" (2011). Her newest poetry collection entitled "Icarus Also Flew" was a finalist in New York's 2017 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize.

McCallum’s unrivalled passion is poetry. Her poem “Thirst” won the poetry competition in December 2011. In May 2012 she again won the Goodreads contest with her poem “There’s Always the Guy.” An Honorable Mention for "How Things Happen" came in 2016. In January 2017 McCallum won the Goodreads contest a third time with

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Tricia McCallum No contest. Sophie and Nathan in Styron's heartrending "Sophie's Choice."
Tricia McCallum Very good question! When I'm struggling, I make a point of getting the most basic of drafts for a poem or story down on paper, or keyboard, no matter…moreVery good question! When I'm struggling, I make a point of getting the most basic of drafts for a poem or story down on paper, or keyboard, no matter how rudimentary. Sketches, really, no matter how vague. This helps in a number of ways.
-- It lets me sit with the original version for a while. (We work on things subconsciously, I have no doubt.)
-- I don't lose the original spirit of the thing, as ideas can vaporize so easily.
-- When I go back to it, it is always immediately clear what needs fixing, tweaked.
-- If the idea is still fermenting, I note on my desktop calendar when to return to it.

I am very systematic about it. I always do at least two drafts of every poem or story. I have two folders on my desktop; one marked First Drafts, along with the date created, the other, Second Drafts. I move between them, and once completed I move the pieces to my blog and/or to a folder marked Finished Work.

I hope this helps in some way. Don`t give up. Even if writing doesn't succeed in conventionally commercial ways it is always worth doing.

Best regards, Tricia. (less)
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The Music of Leaving

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The Cost

Yes, painful so very often
to have fewer filters than most.
To be awake to the hurt in the world.
I look across at the driver next to me at the stop light
and wonder if he is loved.

It is involuntary. Born in some. Inescapable.
This breathing in of others. Then carrying them,
never failing to notice the one lonely person
in the room,
the resigned among us.

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The Things I Learned As a Bartender (Select)
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To A Friend on Leaving Eleuthera. (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:31PM
Description: The title says it all.
There's always the guy. (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 30, 2012 02:08PM
Description: Winner of the Goodreads Poetry Contest, May 2012
Thirst. (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 02, 2011 02:28PM
Description: Winner of the Goodreads Poetry Contest, December 2011
Pawns. (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 19, 2011 02:35PM
Description: A poem from an island under a full moon.
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A new dress, even if it had been my sister’s.
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" “When you get to the trailer park, drive till you find a candle on an ironing board on the front lawn. It won’t be bright. Little more than a star. St ...more "
" The Island Dog.

He is everyone’s;
Yet he is no one’s.
Vacationers arrive, discover him,
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then disappear.

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" For me it is Ode to Chautauqua.

For this alone: "I love you best when we are alone, cold."
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.”
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“There will be always be people stronger and not as strong, smarter, and not quite as smart. It's best not to get into the race at all: Just run your own.”
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“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I dwell in possibility…”
Emily Dickinson

“We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell
Of saddest thought.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Complete Poems

“Eternal life is great if you have the clothes for it.”
Woody Allen
tags: humor

“It was a delightful visit;-perfect, in being much too short.”
Jane Austen, Emma

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Christine Hatfield I was wondering if you can donate to my team please

message 11: by Christine (last edited Sep 03, 2014 05:35AM)

Christine Hatfield I did review it and I followed you on facebook but add me as a friend

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Tricia McCallum Did you review it Christine?

I don't know this site that well (it is humungous and rather daunting) and don't want to miss it... will you send me a link when you do, in case?

Many thanks, Christine!

Best, tricia.

Christine Hatfield Your welcome and I loved reading your book

Tricia McCallum Terrific! Thank you for the heads up.

Christine Hatfield I got your book in the mail already

Christine Hatfield Aww thanks and I can't wait to read your book

Tricia McCallum I just sent you my book in the post yesterday. Let me know when you receive it please.

My home address is P.O. Box 505, Markham, ON Canada L3P 3R1. My favorite color is butterscotch, like the color of light toffee. Now I am intrigued!

I do hope my work touches you, Christine.
Warm regards, Tricia

Christine wrote: "Send me two of your books in the mail please and here's my home address

406 greenwood ave

What's your favorite color and what's your home address?"

Christine Hatfield Send me two of your books in the mail please and here's my home address

406 greenwood ave

What's your favorite color and what's your home address?

Tricia McCallum Hi Christine!

That's wonderful! I am happy to send you my book for review. "Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered." I'll post it to you early this week.

If you'd like to review my second book, "The Music of Leaving" just let me know your e-mail and I'll send you the pdf. It's being published in October.

Warm regards, Tricia (McCallum)

Christine Hatfield I would love for you to send me that book and here's my home address

406 greenwood ave

Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend

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