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Referendum Trudeau

He campaigned in poetry but governed in prose

Rinkside Reading

What does hockey’s literature say about the sport?

Alarm Bells

Fort McMurray and fires hence


It is the eye

of winter, this slit

that lets in light.


Stones crack and breastplates

fall when fire speaks.


A shuddering nor’easter pastes

snow on every ledge, and steam’s

recurring breath uncoils

from the sea. What is it


to say that light has entered earth? The dead

of winter rise with open mouths, mock

soft limbs of early spring. But listen,


here’s what’s true. He touched,

I opened.

E. Alex Pierce lives in East Sable River, Nova Scotia, where she is developing a centre for writers and artists. For ten years she taught creative writing at Cape Breton University, and is currently series editor for the CBU Press publication The Essential Cape Breton Library. She holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and has participated in the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre. Her first collection of poems, Vox Humana, will be published by Brick Books in the fall of 2011.