A hardscrabble climb
up the hillside,
The man who loves you
is nothing but a ghost.
He walks through walls,
his name on your mouth like prayer.
The poem I am not going to write excuses herself
daily, needs to wash her hair, roust the dust bunnies
from under the bed, empty the worn-out clothes
that malinger in her closet.
I thought we were dead
when Dave spread his maps
across the wheel and took off
his glasses to consult them while his semi
careened unchecked down the interstate.
The honourable mention in Room's 2011 poetry contest, judged by Elizabeth Bachinsky.
Joseph of Arimathea
is riding the Carleton Street car
grail tucked in a gym bag
Spools of odd and even numbers knot
tightly around my fingers.
this metropolis is hurly-burly—
you’re striving with deadlines
The honourable mention in Room's 2010 poetry contest, judged by Jennica Harper.
Dusty, corralled by clear walls
of plexiglass, they smell of age,
Every time she breathes
the muscle hisses, a sharpness
Show them which goal is theirs
and which goal
they’re supposed to score in
subsumed: 1 + 1 = 1
she had no socks
so she wore his
that left him short of socks
so she bought him more
The honourable mention in our 2009 poetry contest, judged by Sachiko Murakami.
At first the idea of the hat might have been a cover-up,
Teresa lifted a stone from the beach
and it spoke to her
saying: “I am God.”
Every afternoon my dog
takes me for a walk.
We begin by getting
He was a man unconvinced by pancakes.
He said that as she licked the syrup off her fingertips,
Funny, it happened all the time, though she never touched
When snow is falling it’s possible
you’ll feel listless. Snow, after all,
smothers everything, street signs, garden
lanterns, the sad hump of the dog buried in the yard
three years ago, what you can and cannot see.
Arriving at the lakeshore
I came upon a poem
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