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Our Violent National Game

The great hockey debate continues

Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

John Wall Barger

John Wall Barger’s third book of poems, The Book of Festus (Palimpsest Press), was a finalist for the 2016 J.M. Abraham Poetry Award. Work appears in American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner of the Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize. He is currently living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is on the editorial board at Painted Bride Quarterly.

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John Wall Barger

  I.   Live music from a storm window   What gardens, these? What Victorian mansions?   Past a memory of Saint Paul dying in John Doull’s Bookstore   What City is this what street river square? What plan?   A seagull gorges on a starfish beside the casino funhouse arching its mouth its neck full of chronicles of harbour…


April 2011
  I float with a ladybug in bubbles. You swim over smiling, our unkind games of wit at lunch purged in the cool water. I stick out my feet. The low sun warms them. Not enough is at stake. But I admire how Claudio navigates his car, his baby girl in the back. Like an elaborate removal of a…