Poetry

Every afternoon my dog
takes me for a walk.

We begin by getting
very excited

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
one morning
I came upon a poem

Truth be told, sometimes she gets bored
of the bowing down, all that blessing her
with gentle hands. Come night
she wants to wade through a mess of hips and eyes

yeah, I’d say he was surprised to see me,
out of my loop, so to speak, so was he,
my cousin Mel in a small-town hospital,
playing patient, not doing a good job either,
his big-boat Buick poised in the lot
for getaway

The 2nd place poetry winner of our 2005 contest, "Into Grains of Sand" by Zoya Harris of Vancouver, BC.

The winner of our 2005 Poetry Contest.

Under the knife blade,
my mother’s broken hand in a sling,
purple peel strips off
over the face of the counter.

He has eaten so much duck that he cannot talk to his wife
the memory of the duck skin slips past his tongue
to catch and clutch in his throat while a small bit
of duck meat is stuck in the back molar of his closed mouth
and the scent of Chinese spices and sweet fruit
auce clings to his clothes.

The winner of Room's 2002 poetry contest, judged by Joelene Heathcote.

The second-place winner of our 2001 poetry contest.

The winner of our 2001 poetry contest.

Hot

She is waiting for the end
of another beginning, woman,
always changing:
now the heat is in the core.

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    Room 41.3, Queer
    Edited by Leah Golob

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