A desk, a computer, a pen, and a couple of pads of paper – some scribbled, some blank, plus a cup of freshly ground French Roast coffee. A shy cat named Pablo behind the monitor. The window to the left lets in light, birdsong, and traffic-song, reminding me of the here-and-now, and on the wall hang framed pages of a few old notebooks throughout the decades reminding me of the there-and-then.
My favourite part of this space is the natural light during the day. It always feels balanced. Never too bright, or too dim. Most of my inspiration comes through the window. Clouds. Ambulances. City buses. Trees. Factory smoke. Laughter. Insects. Silence. A world going about its business, and the wonder it brings.
What I enjoy most about this writing space is that it feels like an intersection where the day and I can cross paths and join together on a little journey before we’re ultimately forced to go our separate ways.
Jason Heroux is currently the Poet Laureate for the city of Kingston, Ontario. His most recent book is the novel Amusement Park of Constant Sorrow (Mansfield Press, 2018).