Rhymes of the Raven Lady was basically a re-print of my first book "I Sing Yukon" published in 1984. The cover, painted prior to my investiture by William Sinclair hence no official insignia on my Stetson, portrays Wolf & Crow (raven) representing the two Yukon First Nations clans. I'm also known as the Yukon Raven Lady. #yukon #worldpoetrymonth #poetrycommunity   

 

IN HONOUR OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

A rare photograph of my investiture in Whitehorse on Canada Day July 1st 1994 when I became the first Canadian poet laureate - standing behind former Yukon Commissioner John Kenneth McKinnon as he reads the official proclamation naming me Poet Laureate of the Yukon. Audrey McLaughlin, former leader of the NDP (seated) also presented me with my personal symbol of office the carved Talking Stick.

Leaving the stage carrying the Talking Stick

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I MAY BE THE DAUGHTER OF A YUKON TRAPPER BUT....

Queen Elizabeth set a great example when she quit wearing fur. I am the daughter of a Yukon trapper but I never trapped a day in my life. In today's world no animal should ever have to  suffer & die just so someone can walk down a catwalk wearing its pelt.

#yukon #animalrights #allbeingsmatter #banfur

 

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March 28 2021

When ur dog wants to share his blankie.

He is my comfort. - Sometimes all you really need is a blankie.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH? CENSORSHIP? FACEBOOK?

Anyone wishing to sign the petition opposing the ban on this website please click here ~~>

www.change.org/p/facebook-facebook-is-banning-the-yukon-poet-laureate

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March 23 2021 Canadian Poets Laureate speak out for the protection of old-growth forests.

I am honoured to be a part of this. There is a better way.

 

March 21 2021:

In honour of World Poetry Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism ~ "dwight" a poem by pj johnson Poet Laureate of the Yukon. *Click the pic to hear the poem.

March 14 2021:

Sincere thanks for the many birthday messages! My inbox is overflowing. Navigating Messenger can be difficult due to my NLD but it's clear that while I may not have a ton of money I am rich in friends! ~ pj & Doc waving from the Yukon! #yukon #gratitude #thankyou

*The portrait behind Doc & I was painted by Yukon artist William Sinclair prior to my investiture as Poet Laureate of the Yukon on July 1st 1994 - hence my Stetson bears no official insignia pin. *Today as I celebrate another trip around the sun I ask friends to make a donation to the petition to protect the Northern sled dogs. Thank You.


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March 13 2021:

*The portrait behind Doc & I was painted by Yukon artist William Sinclair prior to my investiture as Poet Laureate of the Yukon on July 1st 1994 - hence my Stetson bears no official insignia pin. *Today as I celebrate another trip around the sun I ask friends to make a donation to the petition to protect the Northern sled dogs. Thank You. ~~> https://bit.ly/3vie4IW <~~

At this time of year the foxes, lynx bears, wolves and coyotes start to prowl around the Yukon. Sometimes I hold my phone out the back door when the coyotes are out there yip-yapping. These are from a band that camps by a creek near my place.
 
We all need to stand up and speak out to protect the precious creatures with whom we share this planet. When you speak for those who have no voice your soul smiles. - pj johnson Poet Laureate of the Yukon

 

 

 

An interview on CIUT FM featuring pj johnson Poet Laureate of the Yukon.

 

January 1 2021

 

Songwriters are some of the most accomplished poets and Canada has some of the finest.

 

Poetry requires a precision of the written word

while music is a universal expression of spirit.

When put together you get magic.

Let us celebrate the writers of song who bring us light.

 

the writers of song

 

today i celebrate the artists

who bring us new hope

and help us to keep hope alive

when we need it the most

 

the crafters of words and music

that move us to celebrate liberate and venerate

who speak for us when we have no words

and give us words to speak when we need them

 

who show us how to grieve and share our hearts

and when to speak and when to be silent

how to laugh and when to cry

when to sing and how to fly

 

these are the makers of the songs that paint our lives

and gift us with sweet memories

that fill our hearts when they are empty

and show us how to fall in love

 

these are the maestros

the weavers of story the healers of hearts

some of the finest poets who ever dared

to pick up a pen

 

they are the writers of song

and i salute them

please join me

 

©pj johnson Poet Laureate of the Yukon

December 31 2020

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