poetry and prose about place

Niche: new poetry book

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Early this year, I set a goal, to pull my poems into a series of books. I have written many poems and I do not want them to be lost when I leave this planet.



The result is three poetry books I intend to publish in 2020. So far this year I have published one of the three: ghosts are lonely here. Today, I completed another of the books, niche. It will be available on Amazon by the weekend. I will have copies by mid-January.



In terms of biology, the niche is the quality of a space occupied by a living thing, the sum total of physical, nutritional, biological, psychological and emotional needs gathered together in one place. In human terms, niche can be a metaphor for home, community or personal space. One way of looking at the timeline of life is to think of it as a sequence of niche-spaces lived in, sought after, avoided, encountered, found, or occupied. 

These are poems about niche—the spaces where plants, animals and humans find home. The poems explore the niche spaces found primarily in Canada’s temperate zone where plants and animals have adapted to ecologies with a strong seasonal component. The poems explore the forests and coastal areas of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the prairies of Alberta.

As you read the poems, you may think about your own niche, its origins and the changes that have occurred.



My poetry book niche has a Foreword, written by my good friend Roger Moore (not the spy). Roger has guided and inspired my writing as a friend and teacher for more than 20 years.


The book is illustrated with my drawings.



The next book in the series will be entitled ‘blueberries and mink: summers on my grandfathers farm.’ It should be published by the end of 2020.


All my best,


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  1. Dear Jane, Wonderful news about your books. I am reading ghosts are lonely here this week. Excellent work. Thank you.

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    Ellen Grace Olinger

    December 16, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    • Thankyou! I would guess you have many abandoned bits of human landscape in Wisconsin. I was telling my husband about you just the other day. Not long ago I had a man from Friends of the MacKenzie, a conservation group in Wisconsin, ask if they could use my drawing of dripping maple sap in their monthly newsletter. Now I read all sorts of interesting things about wildlife in your state!


      jane tims

      December 16, 2020 at 5:15 pm

  2. Oh, Jane, what exciting news. I’ll look forward to it

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    Jane Fritz

    December 16, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    • I am so pleased to complete this, just under the wire!

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      jane tims

      December 16, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    • Just an addition. niche contains a poem about ‘the strategy of the many’ all about crows who hang out in groups. I had to add a poem ( with respect to our Covid year) called ‘the strategy of the few!’

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      jane tims

      December 16, 2020 at 5:19 pm

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