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From the archives

The Trust Spiral

Restoring faith in the media

Our Feudal Immigration Policy

Why should an accident of birth determine who benefits from citizenship?

Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party


With cognition as its mahout,

the mind, in its bone howdah,


wishes the body would call it

honourable sahib, but the body


has another name in mind not

befitting mixed company and


waits till its flyweight rider

has fallen asleep to pictures


of itself in emperor’s clothes

before body, in its own form


of dreaming, imagines racing

naked under a crescent moon


with another kindred spirit,

freed from similar bondage,


who completes it, delights it,

doubles its sense of itself as


sumptuous in its pachyderm

heaviness under streetlamps,


till it can almost forget how

kicked into line it is by day.

Peter Richardson has published three collections of poetry with Véhicule Press: A Tinkers’ Picnic (1999), An ABC of Belly Work (2003) and Sympathy for the Couriers (2007), which won the Quebec Writers’ Federation 2008 A.M. Klein Award. His work has appeared in Descant, Poetry Magazine and The Malahat Review, among others. He lives in Gatineau.