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Queen's Quarterly
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Lilac Clouds and Wind Chimes

Deidre Dwyer

Winter 2021 - Lilac Clouds and Wind Chimes



Journal writing on a lovely summer evening in Tokyo – a breeze and a coolness sharpen my outlook. I have always loved summer evenings. I remember sitting on the front porch of my parents’ house, writing letters, and poems. The sun would be low, or setting, and the narcotic scent of lilac blossoms would fill the air. Here in Kanamachi there are no flowers, except the plastic ones hanging from the streetlamps. Yet there is something sensual about the evening …



Deirdre Dwyer is the author of three books: The Breath that Lightens the Body (Beach Holme, 1999), Going to the Eyestone (Wolsak & Wynn, 2002), and The Blomidon Logs (ECW, 2016). She is now working on non-fiction projects, including her manuscript Souvenirs: A Memoir of Japan. She lived and taught for three years in Tokyo and now lives in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia.