Leanne McIntosh was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She has published three books of poetry. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies and a series of chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane.
She was a founding member of the Island Women Poets and is a regular participant in local reading events and volunteers at the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society.
Leanne is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada and the Haiku Society of America. She has lived in Nanaimo for over 40 years.
Dark Matter, Leaf Press, May 2013, is a conversation between prose and poetry; a conversation between sun and earth. The prose has been culled from a Catholic priest’s private correspondence, journals and articles; the poems are a woman’s response, written with today’s insights.
Dark Matter is about the allure of conversation and what is sparked between speaker and listener. It’s about imagination and a “wild species of apple evolving/until the whole summer/stands inside me.” It’s about philosophical, religious, personal thought in relationship to feelings and experiences, and we are invited to “listen, listen as though the moon/has just pressed her face/against ours.”
The poems in Liminal Space are poignant and honest, touched with ambivalence, emotion and spirituality. Following the last months of her husband’s life Leanne McIntosh passes through the disorientation of diagnosis, the discomfort of a new reality, the amazement that almost anything can become routine, until eventually sadness gives way/pressed lightly/into new love.
These poems speak the often silent questions: Whose death am I grieving? How do you kill someone? Will he know me at the end? With an artist’s eye small details and everyday events become significant. These are poems of the liminal, the in-between space characterized by unease and challenge where, within the grief of separation, relationship itself is remade. These are poems at the edge of the known world where birth and death, humans and divinity constellate. These are poems of tenderness, a softness/a dismantling/of all hard edges/and light diffused bone/an intimacy.
The Sound the Sun Makes, Oolichan Books, 2004, tenderly and fearlessly examines themes of old age and the love which flourishes in the midst of everyday sorrows. Lush and sensual, these poems evoke a time and place in Canada’s history—Saskatchewan before and during the second world war—while drawing us ever deeper into those truths that remain universal through all times and places.