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From the archives

The Path of Poetic Resistance

To disarm Canada and its canon

Are Interests Really Value-Free?

A salvo from the “realist” school of Canadian foreign relations

Going It Alone

The marvellous, single-minded, doggedly strange passion of citizen scientists


A sudden thaw arrived in late December —  lasted

upwards of a week.  The coloured lights in windows,


hung from eaves, and strung round yard-art sleighs

and reindeer gave our fog-filled street the cheerful


kind of menace found in nursery rhymes and fairy

tales, old literary nonsense books — anatomies


of dreams. Since then we’ve had outrageous weather —

gale force squalls and whiteouts, set new wind chill


records. For two months straight we’ve nested

in our heads, worn heavy socks and sweaters —


the snowpack on the ground a kind of mythic

presence. Today a red-plumed bird on our big


backyard maple — a valentine to see us through

to spring. Old heart, the cold won’t last forever.

Phillip Crymble’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Malahat Review, Arc, The Fiddlehead, Vallum, Contemporary Verse 2, Riddle Fence, Poetry Ireland Review, The Hollins Critic, The 2011 Montreal Prize Global Poetry Anthology and numerous other publications worldwide. In 2007 he was selected to read in Poetry Ireland’s annual Introductions Series in Dublin. Not Even Laughter, his first full-length collection, will be published by Ireland’s Salmon Poetry in 2012.