Dead People’s Avatars

Dead People’s Avatars

I said I never would

But I just wrote on a dead man’s

Facebook Wall.

We’re all going to do it

some time.

It’s inevitable now.

Dead people’s avatars

floating around cyberspace

their LinkedIn profiles

asking you to join them

for a business venture,

their lively smiles

begging you to Invite

them to your Facebook event

Despite that they

are dead.

At least it gives us pause

makes us wonder

momentarily if

they’re back from the dead —

Zombies are trending, after all —

Or, perhaps we just lost track of them

for a few months

lost sight of them in the nonsense

of our newsfeeds.

So we stop.

And think.

And reflect.

We mourn

a Dead person’s avatar.

The living?

We just LIKE

And move along.

The Day You Looked Me In The Eyes

from the collection Three Spaces

The Day You Looked Me in the Eyes


I was walking and texting, looking down,

People talking on smart phones.

Heading to opposite sides of town,

A polluted sea of white, black, brown

drones carrying plastic clones.


Suddenly, our worlds collided.

We stopped buying into lies.

At first, our chat was one-sided,

Then talk lived where text presided.

And you looked me in the eyes.


We tossed out laptops, tablets, phones.

Left to our own devices.

How long had we lived like drones?

Wireless, yet lifeless, down to our bones?

We’d become our vices.


A carriage ride through Central Park,

We lay in the grass, looked to the skies,

All day long we felt that spark:

Fire on the beach, stars lighting the dark.

The day you looked me in the eyes.


But face to face tired us out.

It’s work to connect, we soon recalled.

ALL CAPS, less energy than a shout.

A Smiley, simpler than working it out.

So, back to our gadget clones we crawled.


I’m walking and texting, looking down,

People talking on their smart phones.

Heading to opposite sides of town,

A polluted sea of white, black, brown

drones carrying plastic clones.



Heather Grace Stewart


Making Space for Accessible Poetry

February 15, 2013

Canadian Poet Heather Grace Stewart launches her fourth poetry collection, Three Spaces

Three Spaces is a ‘brave new collection’ of poetry, prose and photography from Amazon and iBooks Canada bestselling-poet and journalist Heather Grace Stewart.  It examines themes within three spaces of our society: public space, personal space, and cyberspace.
“I wanted to put out a collection that was a reflection of our society today, of how we’re trying to balance our  public lives with our lives in cyberspace, all while trying to maintain some privacy in our personal lives,’ Heather explains.

“There are dark and intense poems that start this collection, but then I move into tender, humorous poetry and prose to lighten the mood, and colourful images that can provide space for introspection,” Heather explains. “As always, I try to give my poetry substance, but make it accessible. I don’t want my readers scratching their heads or pulling their hair out after reading one of my poems! I want them to relate in some way. I’d like for them to walk away from the experience of reading this book feeling moved, energized and entertained.”

Early reviewers describe Three Spaces as ‘inspiring’ ‘heartfelt,’ ‘professional’ and ‘modern.’ Best-selling Author Elisa Lorello (Faking It, Adulation) writes,

“Buy this book. Get hooked. Add it to your space. You won’t be disappointed.”

Three Spaces is available now in Kindle Stores Worldwide, including Canada, USA & India, the UK, Germany, and many other countries, as well as on Kobo, iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, and many other epub readers.

It will be available in print on Amazon and in bookstores in April, IF there is enough initial interest (at least 100 requests ) to warrant the production costs.

Heather will appear at Chapters Pointe Claire, Quebec on April 14th to celebrate National Poetry Month and to read from Carry On Dancing and a Kobo version of Three Spaces on her Kobo for IPad app.

Heather’s poems have been published in Canadian literary journals, newspapers and magazines, nation-wide school textbooks, international print anthologies, online journals, and in the British small presses. She was awarded Queen’s University’s McIlquham Foundation Prize in English Poetry (1995) and the UK journal Various Artists’ Poet’s Poet Award in 2008 and 2012.

Her third collection of poetry and photos, Carry On Dancing (Winter Goose Publishing, 2012)  hit #1 on Amazon Canada’s Bestselling Poetry list in April 2012, and stayed there for several weeks. It’s now topping the Canadian Kindle Bestselling Poetry charts along with Where the Butterflies Go.

Her second collection of poetry and photos, Leap (Graceful Publications, 2010), has been described as a “lovely lilt of language,” and, “a must for new and already hooked fans,” by reviewers. Where the Butterflies Go (Graceful Publications, 2008), was reviewed as “whirlwind poetry that never hesitates…always delightful and rarely what you expect. We need poetry like this.”

Heather is also a children’s poet, and enjoys screenwriting. The Groovy Granny (2012 Kindle version; Special Audio Version on iBooks) and The Friends I’ve Never Met (Romantic Comedy screenplay, 2012) are her best-selling Kindle books.

Her photographs have appeared in Equinox and National Geographic Traveler among others, and on the cover of over a dozen poetry books.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, she lives with her husband and daughter near Montreal. In her free time, she loves to take photos, scrapbook, cartoon, inline skate, dance like nobody’s watching, and eat Swedish Berries — usually not all at the same time.

Three Spaces

Carry On Dancing March 2012