poetry and prose about place

in the shelter of the covered bridge – manuscript completed!!

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Last year, in the competition of April 1, 2015, I was awarded a Creation Grant from artsnb (The New Brunswick Arts Board). The award was to create a manuscript of poems about plants and animals living in the shelter of covered bridges in New Brunswick.

I have now completed the manuscript and am ready to submit my final report. During the project I visited 28 covered bridges in the drainage basin of the Saint John River and 5 in Charlotte and Westmorland Counties. I was also able to use the notes and records from my visits to some covered bridges in 1992.


The final manuscript includes  81 pages, 8 new drawings, and 63 poems, organised into five themes:

liminal spaces – 8 poems about bridges as places of transition and change

notch of a lily pad – 10 poems about the covered bridge as habitat

grit of a blade – 9 poems about engravings and graffiti produced by human visitors to the covered bridge

a blade of grass between thumbs -10 poems about mysterious discoveries in covered bridges

heads of timothy – 6 poems about encounters at the bridge

gaps between boards – 10 poems about deterioration and loss due to vandalism, fire and flood

a loose board rattles – 10 poems about the sounds resonating in a covered bridge


Many thanks to artsnb for helping me in the making of the manuscript and for the chance to undertake such an enjoyable project!


in the eaves

Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

March 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

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  1. Dear Jane,
    I have a problem. No. You’d better make that ‘two’.
    In the mail today, I received one of those Creation Grant cheques you keep telling us about. The Arts Council bureaucrats said the cash would help me finish my research document entitled ‘100 Ways for a Narcissist to Spend Government Money(on Himself)(Who Else?). There’s just one hitch. They said my manuscript needed to be peer reviewed by a dozen colleagues. I’m currently one shy. Can I put you down?
    And, secondly, the cheque’s only for a measly $46,246. Are they holding back on the other half? What should I do?
    Your best friend ever,
    PS – You wouldn’t happen to have a spare room in the basement, would you? I can pay.

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    March 11, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    • Glad you have funding for what sounds like a project. Since I don’t know much about your subject, I don’t think I would be a good reviewer. However, I’m certain you will find someone. Are you sure you checked the decimal place on that grant? Basement flooded, have to go. Have a nice day. Jane


      jane tims

      March 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  2. How exciting, Jane! You’ve discovered so many things by taking a closer look at covered bridges, while most of us have admired them only briefly and from a distance. To share that knowledge in poetry and art is a very special gift.

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    Barbara Rodgers

    March 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    • Hi Barbara. The same could be said of all the interests we make our own. Thanks for the encouragement! Jane


      jane tims

      March 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm

  3. Well done, Jane!! 🙂 I think it’s fascinating that you could learn so much, find so many themes, around what appears to be one subject (covered bridges). I know from my daily walks about connections between man and nature, but it’s still fascinates me. Beautiful drawings to go with this post.

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    March 9, 2016 at 9:56 am

    • Thanks Robin. I still think it’s amazing how different the bridges are, in spite of their similarity … A part of the built landscape that I really love. Jane


      jane tims

      March 9, 2016 at 11:44 am

  4. Congrats, Jane. I’d forgotten how lovely your drawings are.

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    Jane Fritz

    March 9, 2016 at 8:51 am

  5. Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person


    March 9, 2016 at 8:21 am

  6. Congratulations! I love your themes and look forward to seeing it in print.

    Liked by 1 person


    March 9, 2016 at 8:09 am

    • Hi. Thanks. It was fun visiting the bridges and learning to identify some new bird calls! Jane


      jane tims

      March 9, 2016 at 11:40 am

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