Jessica Lee McMillan

Poetry and Prose


Learning to Be Receptive

What we can learn from the world’s giant Buddha statues by Jessica Lee McMillan It became an accidental pilgrimage to visit four giant...

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 a poet and 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 examines nature and music as architectures that extend to our perceptions. Her essays look at culture, music and philosophy as tools to navigate existentialist concerns. 

You can find her work in Bewildering Stories, Pocket Lint (A New Journal), Goat's Milk Magazine, RCLAS Wordplay at Work, Rat's Ass ReviewTiny Spoon, Blank Spaces Magazine and Dream Pop Press

She lives in New Westminster, British Columbia.