Today is one of those days of sloping light that you sometimes get when the hard edge of winter cuts into spring. Where the sun doesn’t just shine, but scuds across the fields in great golden planks. It is one of those days where mothers everywhere are nagging at their kids to get out and do something. Like mine.
April is shaping up to be a busy month at Room magazine with much to celebrate:
It’s late May when James arrives in Rose-Marie, fresh from Antigonish, where he lives now. He shows up without fanfare. Without flourish. Without so much as a phone call to let me know he’s coming. He is simply, suddenly, standing before me in the grey light of a late Monday morning.
Jack tilts back on his chair, balancing on two legs. A circle of smoke drifts up from a saucer beside him. “Need a big purple job,” he says. Kenny, your younger brother, slings a monster purple pill across the kitchen table.
The honourable mention in Room's 2010 poetry contest, judged by Jennica Harper.
The cyst behind Andy’s left knee is soft as an overripe pear, the veins and arteries blue and purple. She believes that the left side of the body is the feminine, dependent, side.
Congratulations to the winners of Room's 2010 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest!
Our sincere thanks to everyone who submitted their work. Look for first and second place winners in issue 34.1, coming to newsstands in late winter.
Our winners for 2010:
Dusty, corralled by clear walls
of plexiglass, they smell of age,
the violent polish of pain. Red,
mismatched, many, owned
by the women who wore
them, sophisticated, matching
lipstick to dress, never
imagining that by the quiet end
of one day they would
be nameless. Nothing
but animals, wrapped in skin.
Nothing but flesh
cowed under a frozen cloak
of fear. Bodies
seeking warmth from each
other, in the crowded
car of a terrifying train
tearing into night. Soft red
Some sixty to seventy miners, mainly married men with families, went down into the underground workings at Pioneer Mine for the first mine ‘Sit-down’ in Canada.
An interview with travel writer Maria Coffey.
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Edited by Rachel Thompson
In this issue:
Jennifer Amos, Fenn Archdekin-Leung, Jenn Ashton, Jamelie Bachaalani, Colleen Baran, Jenny Bartoy, Alexandra Chang, Kristina Corre, Maggie de Vries, Shirley Harshenin, Jia Hwang, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Elizabeth Johnston, Tamara Jong, Manal Kamran, Carrianne Leung, Lily Leung, Mary MacDonald, Alissa McArthur, Cosi Nayovitz, Margaret Nowaczyk, Deanna Partridge-David, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Rebekah Rempel.