poetry and prose about place

featuring a 1941 International truck

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I have had a few poems accepted for publication recently.  These include ‘abandoned resort hotel, Devil’s Head’;  ‘Berries in Cellophane’; and ‘1941 International K-4’.  They appear in Issue 10 (Spring, 2013) of The Lion’s Head Magazine (online).  You can have a look at these three poems at


‘Berries in Cellophane’ is from my manuscript on growing and gathering local foods.

The poems ‘abandoned resort hotel, Devil’s Head’ and ‘ ‘1941 International K-4’ are both part of a series, not yet completed, on abandonment.  This series began my interest in abandoned churches, and lead to the novel I am now working on – ‘Saving the Landing Church’.


The poem  ‘1941 International K-4’ was inspired by an old International truck, seen in a wood lot in southern New Brunswick in the fall of 2011.  It was set up on steel drums and looked like it was no longer used.  Rusted and out-of-commission, she was still elegant to behold.  The poem came easily, written in the ‘voice’ of the truck, recalling its various adventures.

Have a look at the poem in Lion’s Head Magazine and let me know what you think.

abandoned International truck


1941 International

Copyright Jane Tims 2013

Written by jane tims

January 18, 2013 at 7:39 am

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  1. Congratulations, Jane! I can see why that truck would inspire a poem. I’m off to read your poems. 🙂



    January 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    • Hi Robin. Lots of inspiration out there on theme of abandonment … old houses, churches, vehicles, swing sets, you name it…. Jane


      jane tims

      January 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

  2. Very strong images created in the poems, Jane, even without the photos accompanying the truck one. i can see how they might have led on to your novel. The whole idea of abandonment is so evocative. I also like the berry one, and remember that series on wild food was how I came across your work.



    January 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    • Hi Diana. Thanks for the comments! I am glad you like the berries poem. Gradually, I am finding a home for my ‘growing and gathering’ poems. I agree the theme of abandonment has strong images, encountered every day! Jane


      jane tims

      January 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

  3. Jane you are such an inspiration! I’d like to eat what you’re eating so I can start “writing”.
    You’ve done 2 drafts of your novel, been working on your theme of growing and gathering local foods, all those poems, and don’t forget your blog. Do you ever sleep?



    January 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    • Hi Rosie. Thanks for the positive feedback!!! I sleep and I have many days when I do nothing at all. Today I watched ’50 First Dates’ and ‘Swamp Creature’. Most days, though, I can’t stop working. Remember I am retired… I don’t have to brave the roads every day and work hard for a living like you do. And you still find time to write and blog. Jane


      jane tims

      January 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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