In the Dark by Dana Holst

Dana HolstIn The Dark, Oil on linen on panel, 10 x 8", 2009, Private Collection (This placeholder image used for inspiration, with the generous permission of the artist.)


Persephone’s Abecedarium: An Alphabet Play

  • “Persephone, A Vocabulary In Being: A Lyric Essay (Excerpt from Persephone’s Abecedarium)". filling Station 78 (2022). 59-64.

  • “Letter U, Unwards: The Printing Press in Hell (Spoken by Hades)," Canadian Literature Pandemics Issue #245 (2021). 64-66.
  • “The Story of the Letter H.” MuseMedusa: Revue de Littérature et D’Art Modernes (Montreal). Issue/Dossier 9. (Summer 2021).
  • “Letter S: A Seed Play; The Sisters.” EXILE Literary Quarterly 43.3 (December 2020), 38-45.
  • Poems “Letter T: Translation - Poem for Three Voices (Persephone, Demeter Hades)” and “Letter P: 'PERSEPHONE, A Theorem,' or 'POEISIS, How To Build A Daughter,’ A Making (Hades)” long-listed for the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize.
  • “LETTER R: RESPONSIBLE” included, with profound appreciation for Rita Wong, in the chapbook: they will keep speaking the night: in honour and support of Rita Wong (2019). Published by wink books on behalf of Fight C PG and Sea2Sands. (With thanks also to Rob Budde).
  • “HISTORIA PLANTARUM: Hecate Prepares Instructions for Demeter and Kore in Hell, A Metaphysics, Part One - Notes on Anatomy, Conception, Reproduction and The Daughter.” Intertwined Histories: Plants in Their Social Contexts. Ed. James Ellis. Calgary: U Calgary P, (May) 2019. 20 - 35. Print.
  • “Jestress/In Which Auntie Iambe Displays Herself (The Riddle of Dicentra Spectabilis, Also Known as the Lyre Flower).” The Malahat Review 203 (2018). 33-34.
  • “HAG – Homeless Crone Reports Post-Partum Depression: Demeter.” Denver Quarterly 52.3 (2018). 46-52.
  • “Eatude: When Eat Is Give (Sound Poem Score) – Wordbirths Etude and Poetics Statement/Project Lab.” filling Station 65 (2017). 26-38.
  • “Witness Statement: On The Disappearance of Kore (Hades).” The Iowa Review 46.1 (2016). 55-58.
  • “Prelogos.” EXILE Literary Quarterly 39.2 (2015). 87-89.



Chickenbus Tales - a review by Paul Strickland of They Will Keep Speaking the Night