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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 reached us. It passed us,

totally unimpressed.”

— from “Small Rain”

by Norman MacCaig


storm boughs bucking

far up the cedar trunk

wave like arms of a woman

too busy for fitness, flesh

under raised limbs flapping —


each branch conducts a breeze

in a direction different

from emerald counterparts —

paler tones for her

virginal upward gestures


summoning in small offspring

who play in downpour

and (made mad by mud)

reach and pass that point


of the icy shaking skinny frailties

their mother sees, her wanting

to fatten them against frost

when rain chunks up

David Zieroth‘s The November Optimist will be published by Gaspereau Press this fall. In 2008 he founded The Alfred Gustav Press, a micro press for publishing poetry.