Poetry

they might have noticed
the bear
whose movement
down the hallway
resembled a private waltz

Palm trees flash past
barred windows, and words
waft over the train’s
noisy pulse.

uluka
my Sanskrit owl
vahana, vehicle of Laksmi
sharing the name with
a muni, sage

The honourable mention of our 2014 poetry contest, judged by Sonnet L’Abbé.

Alia and Natty smoke real cigarettes. They light up, breathe in smoke oh-so smooth and breathe out like old-fashioned pros.

Hey, you!
Respect the metropolis
with all of its swagger,

Frozen diesel mud is
shinier than you’d think
chest high wild rose plates
tuck into a new truck that says
warm fresh tough clean
your favorite expensive underwear

My mom loves us, loves to
make us beautiful,
make my sister and me
into one girl—
a pageant of Persia.

My husband wants to know why the line is always broken.

We polish our big bellies with creams,
          we henna Eden vines on them,

I hide my power in a cloak I hoard as anger.
My jaw gears like a charging bull;
hairs horn from my butting forehead.

Room would like to apologize to Yoko's Dogs for the formatting errors made in "Yellow" in issue 36.2.

The wind rolls down the street a rogue
wave and breaks in the maples above. Great swells
crest in the uppermost branches and it is alone a wonder how
the little birds are not
shaken loose from their limbs.

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.

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  • Room 41.1, Family Secrets
    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

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