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From the archives

The March of the Cheezie

Our snacks as a history of ourselves

Model Behaviour

A Haida village as seen in a windy city

Beyond the City Limits

Diversity and rural Canada

Music at the Heart of Thinking 147


Slant into an impossible French Me those luminous

venetians their light propelled by the heat shimmering

from the red brick above the dry cleaners at that

very moment the afternoon toujour with cousins an

absolute translation of ancestry not + beyond which an

occasional “Darling” assembles itself on the wire aware

of a secret syntax buried in a knot of class + spoken

subjects not to mention les suie + the scant wipe as the

slat bends + you can see the smelter on the hill across

the river.

Fred Wah has published many books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, from Lardeau (Island Press, 1965) to his latest poetry collection, is a door (Talonbooks, 2009). Waiting for Saskatchewan (Turnstone Books, 1985) received the 1986 Governor General’s Award and Diamond Grill (NeWest, 1995) won the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction in 1996. The False Laws of Narrative (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009) has been edited for the Laurier Poetry Series by Louis Cabri. Fred was the LRC’s poetry editor from 2003 to 2005.