Bruised Petals

Longing, Reflection and Celebration in Prose & Verse


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...



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.