Selected and New
"Spears' skill and
commitment as a visual artist are never far from the surface."
"scope, generosity, candour, harmony of passion and detachment...the intensity,
the objectivity, the vision, the power of an extraordinarily selfless
and dedicated writer...to read her is to extend one's experience into
areas of life most of us are sheltered from."
"arguably one of the most popular poets in Canada.
"A testament to almost five decades; her focus changes over time
from personal reflection to the depiction of the most painful of human
experiences. However difficult, hers is still a convincing portrayal of
Anna Adamek, Arc
and the "target-rich environment"
God hearing about the target-rich environment
considers with renewed respect His dumb
creatures, dogs in front of stores whose minds
are stupid and patient, every animal
waiting in abatement, and trees
who translate the wind and even the saw's whine
into their innocence, all silences
and guileless noise the slide
of the encapsulated fish whose cloth
of water fits continuously, the radiant wing
of a blackbird sleeked down as it settles on a wire
is beautiful to Him He has sealed
their mouths they have no devious wisdom
right now He appreciates them
from The God Poems, written during the Gulf War.
FICTION, BOOKS OF DRAWINGS,