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In the Kitchen

Mornings you had milk in coffee. On the radio, after the news And weather, the self-consciously Solemn voice of the announcer: “Peacefully, at the Prince Edward Hospital, aged 83 years, Margaret McPherson,” say, or, “Suddenly at his home, Pius Gallant, … Continue reading

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The Slow Lapping of Water

In the province of night A parliament of whispers falls Silent under the laughter of leaves Slow-dancing with the south wind. When the July moon burns A hole in the eastern sky Everything darkens—as a sheet chars Around a fallen … Continue reading

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Slants [for Emily D.]

Having said nothing all morning Do we spread our hands on the table, Palms down, the tea steaming between them, Knowing no way to measure silence? Truth has a certain downward slant Slightly more like gray light falling Through a … Continue reading

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From My Easy Chair

I hear the geese have been heard Overhead again Now winter’s hasty winds have slowed. I hear the brittle teeth of ice Break upon the shore, Leave slumping dunes like sunken gums behind. And out in Tracadie gulls gossip now … Continue reading

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The City Sleeps

Late February Rain—tonight snowbanks are fog Machines quietly Exhaling—the city sleeps Through slow vaporization

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My Beard Grows Wild

I see on my forehead the first Age spot has appeared, like rust On an old farm tractor parked beyond The fence and fallen out of mind While, under it, the way weeds and grass Untrimmed send up stems and … Continue reading

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Saviour Breath

Prayer, that old act of desperate solipsism, You try to gussy up as love or compassion Or altruism—mysterious Samaritan stranger— But just under the thinly applied paint The grimy seams are streaks of shadow Tracing an abrasive wish for entitlement; … Continue reading

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