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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A poem for Christmastime


Another Effect of Global Warming

The last of the ice cap finally splinters like a tray
of ice cubes cracked into a pail,
and the wooden workshop floor buckles into the ice cold
water and begins to sink. Slowly
at first, bottle-bobbing in the black and white
ice-choked swells, then slipping deeper
as it fills, until its buoyant trash
spills out – nutcracker, skin horse, and baby doll –
bubbled up and scattered all about, each
in a dead-man’s float, before the whole picture is swallowed.

As the surface calms itself, the candy-coloured spires
of the workshop plunge downward
through the ever-darkening green, trailing
its inventory of rewards, its thousand years of legend,
its blackmail paid in chores and the niceness
of the nice. Yes, Virginia,
there is a Greenland shark, with parasites
trailing from its blighted eyes,
nosing through the wrecked and lightless halls of Christmas
deep beneath the vanished ice. 


From The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010).  


Photo Credit: Collection of Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon, Chief Scientist National Ice Center. Creative Commons.


Friday, 6 December 2013

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Stuart Ross's Our Days in Vaudeville

 

I'm very happy to have collaborated with Stuart Ross on some of the poems in his latest book Our Days in Vaudeville. Every poem in this book is a collaboration between Ross and one of 29 other writers. 

It launches this Sunday in Toronto with other Mansfield Press titles. Please come! 

Mansfield Press Fall Launch Party!
Sunday, December 8, 7:30 pm
The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street (just south of College)
Free
Readings by Stuart Ross (+ guests), Stephen Brockwell, Jason Camlot, 
Glen Downie, Sara Heinonen