Purple Haze purports to describe “nondescript days” but that’s just a poetic haze that subtly brings the reader to this poetry’s real clarity, which is its ability to pose questions. These poems situate the “I/You” of the lyric’s spoken voice in a passionate, sometimes erotic, interrogation of imagination and feeling that is looking for answers. The echo is palpable while Candice James sings “‘Scuze me” while I write these poems.
– Fred Wa
Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate 2011-2013
and Officer of The Order of Canada
about the author
Candice James is a poet, musician, singer, songwriter and visual artist. She is currently in her second 3 year term as Poet Laureate of The City of New Westminster. She is President and founder of The Royal City Literary Arts Society; a full member of The League of Canadian Poets; Board Advisor The International Muse (India); Honorary Professor at the International Arts Academy (Greece); Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers; Past Director of SpoCan; Past President of Slam Central Spoken Word; creator of the long running events “Poetic Justice” and “Poetry in the Park”. She is the recipient of “Writers International Network’s Distinguished Poet Award ” and recipient of the Pentasi B “Woman of Prestige Award ” (Philippines). She was a judge for the Jessamy Stursberg Canadian Youth Poet Award 2012 and is a judge for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award 2014.
Candice is the author of 8 books of poetry “A SPLIT IN THE WATER” – Fiddlehead Poetry Books 1979; “INNER HEART – A Journey” (Silver Bow 2010); “BRIDGES AND CLOUDS” (Silver Bow 2011); “MIDNIGHT EMBERS – A Book of Sonnets” (Libros Libertad 2012); “SHORELINES” (Silver Bow 2013); “EKPHRASTICISM – PAINTED WORDS”(Silver Bow 2013); “PURPLE HAZE” (Libros Libertad 2014); and “A SILENCE OF ECHOES” (Silver Bow 2014). Her 9th book of poetry “Merging Dimensions” will be publishing in early 2015 by Ekstasis Editions.
Candice has been a featured on radio and TV shows “Shaw TV”; “Wax Poetic”, “World Poetry Café”, and “Story Time”. She has also been featured poet, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and panelist at “Word on the Street”; “Black Dot Cultural Collective”; “Write on The Beach” and “Lit Fest New West”. Her poems have appeared in a variety of international anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and e-zines. Candice presents her poetry in schools and at literary events. She has a monthly column “Poet’s Corner” in the Piffle Magazine since 2011.
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