publishing poetry chapbooks

Monday's Poem

The tanka are excerpts from the chapbook And Roll From Me Like Water—The Erotic Tanka Suite (Leaf Press, 2006).

The Malahat Review
And Roll From Me Like Water


© 2006 Rhonda Batchelor


As you enter me
I want to see what you see.
It's impossible.
But if I look back I glimpse
your hand caressing my hip.

After you cry out
and roll from me like water,
you hold me to you.
I turn my head as tears come;
too soon to say I love you.

Rhonda Batchelor has worked in and around publishing, as a writer, editor, publisher, bookseller and consultant, since 1977. From 1990 to 1997 she and her late husband Charles Lillard operated Reference West, a literary press, publishing over 100 chapbooks of poetry and short fiction by some of Canada's finest writers. After Charles's death, Rhonda continued the series until 2000 and was host to the accompanying Hawthorne Series of readings during those years. Her own books include Bearings (Brick Books), Interpreting Silence and Weather Report (Beach Holme Publishers). Her poetry, fiction, reviews and articles have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Originally from Brantford, Ontario, Rhonda has lived on Vancouver Island since 1971 and holds a BFA from The University of Victoria. She is currently the Assistant Editor of The Malahat Review.