Like a photograph, a poem brings a subject into focus and captures a field of vision defined by the frame of the shot. Blossom Thom’s poems shift the frame of the preferred narrative by focusing on Black people. Her work links old and new ways of communicating: She includes encoded messages in the text of her poems to pay homage to the ingenuity of enslaved ancestors and she is inspired by trending news stories.
Blossom is the author of #HashtagRelief (Gaspereau Press, 2017) and her poetry has appeared in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry; Writings: The Anthology of Montreal Writers; and elsewhere.She trains her critical eye as poetry co-editor and diversity consultant for Jonah magazine. Blossom shares her love of poetry by designing and leading poetry workshops.