I Dreamed the Ocean Froze by Victoria McCallum contains thirty of her poems and a foreword by Lantz Simpson entitled "Victoria's Metaphorical Surrealism." Her poems encompass subjects such as family, goddesses, childhood, young adulthood, romantic relationships, political angst, and finally, transcendence.
“McCallum’s unique poetic style will take you places you’ve never imagined—from ancient Rome to Planet Z—with snippets of giggling nuns and goddesses and the underwater mother.”
—C.J. Prince, poet, author
“Victoria’s poems are swaggeringly, purposefully unmoored from any tidy narrative of how things are. ... To follow
her is to find our own tilted and turning kaleidoscope of the senses.”
—Tere Harrison, writer, performer
Victoria McCallum is a Professor Emeritus at El Camino College in Torrance, California where she taught reading classes for underprepared students. A southern California native, she fell in love with the Pacific Northwest at age seventeen while on a family road trip to Vancouver Island. Victoria lived in Oregon for eleven years, earning an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Oregon. Currently she enjoys reading her poetry around Bellingham, Washington where she has lived with her husband Lantz Simpson since 2016.