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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

Obsessive Compulsive Vista with Tragedy


I will not write about him today

There is river after all & sky

Of his loss, there is nothing more to say

At the estuary’s mouth, a shielded bay

Where swallows slip when the rocks are dry

No, I will not write about him today

The sand kin to stone, at its softest, clay

Waves now a scrape, then a shush & a sigh

You see, of his loss, nothing more left to say

Water twists in the distance; its route goes astray

The salt in the air sets the whole scene awry

So I will not write about him today

Clouds scraping mountains; the vast landscape gray

A skreak from an eagle, then the flicker’s cold cry

At last, of his loss, nothing more left to say

All those words that you wrote and what of him stays

All those words that add up to the one word, why

No, I cannot write about him today

Of his loss there must be nothing left I can say

Catherine Owen is the author of nine collections of poetry, the most recent being Trobairitz (Anvil Press, 2012) and the chapbook Steve Kulash & Other Autopsies (Angel House Press, 2012). Her collection of memoirs and essays, Catalysts: Confrontations with the Muse, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2012. Frenzy won the Alberta Book Prize. Owen edits, tutors, plays bass in Medea & the allgirl AC/DC tribute band Who Maid Who, and composes with the Lyrical Outlaws.