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November 11, 2018

  • ate seaweed fresh out of the water 

  • checked my emails

  • checked my Facebook 

  • watched a dog stand guard while his friend stole scraps from the hotel garbage bin 

  • ditto, the other dog 

  • checked my Facebook

  • checked the Weather Network

  • drove to the Co-op for Tenderflake

  • bought an entire bag of MacIntosh apples just to eat one

  • ...

December 31, 2017

NEW YEAR’S DAY

      00:01 A.M.

Dropped, the Ball orchestrated the Big Bang,

the constellations, the Square

& its ear-nose-and-throat-splitting invective.

Night effervesced. Then it was done.

Earth blackened on her molten stick.

Ancient cities dwindled into coals.

One by one, the lights went,

popping until the filament of the last bulb

spittled & singed its...

October 15, 2017

It is fitting that my first public reading of Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik took place at the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean. Two years ago, Dr. Nanette Norris of the English Department invited me to read from my work and I included an except from my then-unpublished manuscript. Since that time, the manuscript underwent many edits and rewrites, and the...

September 10, 2017

Years ago, I wrote a snooty piece about how poetry was the highest of all written forms, that its demands on the reader and the writer far exceeded the rigour required of the novelist or the "ordinary" consumer of prose. My focus was on the precision and density of the made thing, the poem, how exquisitely wrought it is and how no other creator of text has to work as...

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