Monthly Archives: December 2013

Winter Plum Blossoms

This afternoon, Andrew Griffin and I sat at Mr Sushi and mistranslated a poem that’s painted on the wall there. I have no idea who wrote it, but I’m sure it’s a famous old poem. The uncertainty of its authorship … Continue reading

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Muffled In Late December Snow

Hello again, Death. You came this year muffled in late December snow, strung yourself with pale blue lights, and waited in yards and trees, watching. We knew you were near. And we tried to prepare, to insulate. But you are … Continue reading

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Boy, with Skates

His scarf glittering with ice condensed out of breath trailing thin, gray wool past his shoulder in the wind, he sits watching the pond freeze

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Homeopathic Gravy

Remove roast from pan, drain all fat and scrape away all tasty brown bits. Add water. Add more water. Then add more water.* *For best results, you’ll want a pan—that’s, oh, about Solar system-sized— filled with water for every molecule … Continue reading

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A Charlottetown Christmas

December was white with the first fall of snow when Bobby and Sheila got out on the go. They had whisky, Jäger, eggnog with dark rum, and a frost of cocaine numbing their tongues. New crack pipes were handy in … Continue reading

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Before the Long Night

A hasty double tanka. Before the Long Night Mid-afternoon moon, half-full, standing stiff-postured high in the southeast— before the long night is done you’ll be slouching west like me, sway-backed, slope-shouldered, and inclined to laughter at our attempts to slow … Continue reading

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In Search of Scraps (a proposed painting for the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island)

I’m not here to paint sunsets, sand dunes, or grinning, freckled redheads for posters, but I’ll show you the fox limping on asphalt in its trot between bin after bin of waste in search of scraps to regurgitate to its … Continue reading

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