Local Artist’s Poetry Book Launch


Tracie Skarbo was motivated to  write as a young girl by her father, she was raised on Vancouver Island, Canada,  and lives there presently with her family.

She has appeared in the Chicken  Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life (Bathing Beauty), Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Just for Preteens (Rites of Passage), Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find your  Happiness (The Choice), Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids  (Playing Chicken).  In the Company  of Women.  Her two poetry volumes,  “Harmonious Flight” and now “Pulp Tattoos” can be found along with the above, on  Amazon.com.

See below for a brief interview followed by one of her new poems.


Web Interview: Tracie Skarbo
Q: How log have you been writing poems?
A: I have been writing poems and short stories since I  was seven or eight.  In school our teacher taught us how to make our own  books out of construction paper and fabric, then we were to write stories or  poetry to fill the pages of the book.  To me it was the most amazing  moment, it resonated with me and a whole new world opened up.  I knew  what I wanted to do with my life.  I still have that book I made in class  all that time ago, it is treasured.
Q: How many published works?
A: So far I have been in three of the “Chicken Soup  for the Soul” books with a fourth due out in October.  The titles are, “My  Cat’s Life”, “Happiness”, and “Just for Preteens”.  The title for October  will be “Think Positive for Kids”.  I also have another volume of poetry  out called “Harmonious Flight”, which was a tribute to my late father.  You  can find all these titles on Amazon.com.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I find inspiration in many places.  Living on  the west coast, nature and the wildlife are a big part of my life, if I am  still and I ‘listen’ to what it has to say it will show me different ways of  thinking of things.  Also I find human behavior and  people intriguing.  Everyday life, struggles and hardships, art, and  society in general are inspirational as well.
Q: Your poem “Grey Tones” appears to be quite tranquil. It portrays the  creation of art as something that flows easily in an almost effortless way. Is  this the case with your poems or do you struggle to find a theme, stay with it,  and build a cohesive narrative with depth?
A: I think most artists will tell you, at least I have  found this to be my experience when I am writing or I have spoken with creative  people.  That when you are in the ‘mood’ to write, paint, create,  whatever you might be doing, it is a flow.  A flow so intoxicating  sometimes you will forget the passing of time, or forget to eat, because  you are in the moment of it.  There are many times when I simply can’t  write because for whatever reason that ’mood’ is not upon me and my writing  comes out forced and flat.  So now that I understand this process I simply  wait for the moment to come around again, the inspiration to spark.  
Q: Through anthropomorphization, your second poem “Tiny Dancers” present earth  elements as engaged in love-hate relationships. What prompted your selection of  these elements to portray this complicated schoolyard-esque drama? Common in  west coast art, is there a thread of deifying the natural world that runs  thought your work?
A: I use anthropomorphization in both my poetry and my  short stories because I love the beauty of nature and I feel as though it has a  lot to say.  I love reading the legends of the First Nations people and I  am in awe of the amount of knowlege they gained from the land and the animals  around them, their whole way of life really.  Living in the west coast I  appreciate their influence in our culture.  In “Tiny Dancers” I knew I  could use the weather cycle to bring various things to light, human behavior,  relationships, ego, even global warming to a degree. 

Grey Tones

Give me graphite,

smooth writing

grey tones,

which scrape pages

with pulsating


sound whispers.

Those best heard

in the dead of night

by candlelight,

reflecting off

dream visions

of grand possibility.

Give me pink nubs,

to rub-wash

that deemed


gum litter

disposed of by

brush of hand.

Give me sharpener,

not cheap nor


but that whose

blades deft sureness

curls the grain,

bringing wafts of

virgin wood scent and

exposing point of tip.

Give me reams

of paper,

on which to pull

points across

with swoops and whirls,

as though within

a graceful

word ballet.

Give me candle flicker,

surrounded by

soft stillness,

so I may hear

the whispers

of muse,

and deliver

the tone

of her brushstroke.


Posted in Articles, Arts and Entertainment, Community Activities Articles, Editions, News, October 2013, September 2013
3 comments on “Local Artist’s Poetry Book Launch
  1. Peter Molenaar says:

    I am really looking forward to carving out time for Tracie’s writings. She has an inherent ability to link the natural and human worlds, which is so desperately needed now.

  2. Gordon Hilgers says:

    Tracie Skarbo is an interesting person. She loves animals, has a good sense of humor and has been a good friend to me over the years. I’m glad to see her getting the publicity she’s due.

  3. A beautiful poet… layer upon layer of depth and meaning. A true word smith for our times

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