Sister Nora shaved Amritjit and Balwinder’s hair—
One of the pleasures of volunteering on the Room collective is getting to read fresh new writing. Along with the over 1200 submissions we receive each year, we often also receive great cover letters that show the writer's understanding of—and connection with—the theme for the issue to which they are submitting.
My brother lost his body
bit by bit—a foot, a finger, a shin.
The doctors strapped it to a bed,
and the mouth screamed on its behalf:
Help! Help! With the eyes,
my brother spied me, standing
in the body of someone
who looked like his sister;
and the mouth said
Health! Health! but my
body had no way of sharing.
Stubborn, he set his body
to starving: it’s a hard going.
One day I tricked it
into eating cake
by saying we were at a party.
The body likes to do what
everyone else is doing.
Fifty years married, devoted to Jesus and family, Mom and Dad had remained your protectors in spite of your adult status and incessant lying, your manic highs and pitiful lows.
The honourable mention in Room's 2012 creative non-fiction contest, judged by Kathy Page.
The honourable mention for Room's 2012 poetry contest.
The honourable mention in our 2012 poetry contest, judged by Miranda Pearson.
Your husband has the car for the weekend. You need a car to visit your friend in the hospital tomorrow morning and Sunday morning. The hospital is eight kilometres away. Should you rent a car, call a taxi, take two buses, or walk?
Fat flies line the bait box, brush and cling
like scraps of cellophane, ragged magnets
in the heat. You shuffle to band a lobster.
In a heartbeat it’s caught your thumb
with a crusher claw, the grip of an angry baby
multiplied tenfold. Stupid for a moment,
you can’t see what to do, so you cry
for help, hold it up, the bug hanging from your mitt.
Your father strides from the wheelhouse,
rips the claw right out of its socket.
—What’s wrong with you? His face more sunburned
this morning than you remembered.
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Room 41.3, Queer
Edited by Leah Golob
In this issue:
Adèle Barclay, Joelle Barron, Nicole Breit, Mary Chen, Lucas Crawford, Jen Currin, Pamela Dodds, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Jess Goldman, hannah harris-sutro, Leah Horlick, Sam Jowett, Ness Lee, Annick MacAskill, Alessandra Naccarato, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Marika Prokosh, Amal Rana, Siobhan Roca Payne, Leah Sandals, Hana Shafi, Arielle Spence, Samantha Sternberg, Sanchari Sur, K.B. Thors, Corey Turner, Jackie Wykes.