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A long-awaited biography gives the facts, but not the mystery, behind this writer’s genius


The tree out front has caught a rainbow kite

and stands revealed as predatory, too,

its branches having snatched from tethered flight

a piece of June to see the cold months through.

Will March winds drive the disparate apart

or rising sap cement their spurious bond?

However proud the independent heart,

captivity can make the captive fond.

So leave me soon when winter’s at an end,

take all those colours that you wear so well,

find out if spring and summer will expend

what loving me and being loved can’t quell.

I’ll wait for you as autumn reds comes down

and from this collar fashion you a crown.


Brian Stanley is a poet and translator living in Knowlton, Quebec. He had a poem longlisted for the 2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize and included in the resulting e-anthology. “Winter Love” is his first poem to appear in print.

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