Bruised Petals

Longing, Reflection and Celebration in Prose & Verse


Buddhism, Reflection and Truth

The symbolism of reaching for the light by Jessica Lee McMillan Koson’s Zen painting contemplates the perceived divisions between reality...

The Pathos of Flowers

Poetry by Jessica Lee McMillan In the mire of raincloud — this clouded over year — we missed the first blossoming of rhododendrons by the...


Poetry by Jessica Lee McMillan poetic sight is afterimage floating on receptors like oil on finger silhouette burnt in eye or lingering...

Giving Her to Spring

Poetry by Jessica Lee McMillan Born in winter nest, you arise in sudden spring descending hidden climes flourishing from my shadow of...

Whatever Happened to the Heroes?

Punk, Trotsky, Che Chic and the consumption of revolutionary icons by Jessica Lee McMillan Wandering down steaming ramen shopping alleys...



Jessica Lee McMillan is an emerging poet and essayist with an MA in English. When not writing, doing front-line legal work or teaching, she spends time with her little family and buries herself in books and records. 

Jessica's poetry investigates the connectedness of nature, language, science, the visual world, and music. Her work considers longing as a kind of architecture that extends to our emotional perception of the environment. Her essays look at culture, music and philosophy as tools to navigate existentialist concerns. 

You can find her work in A Poetry of Place: Journeys Across New Westminster, Bewildering Stories, Pocket Lint, Goat's Milk Magazine, ShabdAaweg ReviewRCLAS Wordplay at Work, and on Medium. Jessica is completing her first poetry chapbook.

She lives in New Westminster, British Columbia.