Poetry

It starts with a river. Green hills,
and promising flatland beneath them.

Sister Nora shaved Amritjit and Balwinder’s hair—

My brother lost his body
bit by bit—a foot, a finger, a shin.

The honourable mention in our 2012 poetry contest, judged by Miranda Pearson.

Fat flies line the bait box, brush and cling
like scraps of cellophane, ragged magnets

I. Vows
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,

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    Room 41.3, Queer
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