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From the archives

The Trust Spiral

Restoring faith in the media

Who’s Afraid of Alice Munro?

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

Whatever the Cost May Be

Preparing for the fight of our life


white doe — an albino ripple

in a brown silk banner of running deer


wading the Pacific in Quintera — cold paprika

ocean sparks my ankles


a squelch of kelp beneath my feet, memory

of a friendship’s misstep — a beach walk blurred


across dark pasture of parcella, jigsaw lights

blink development; blight of golden arches


atop the road’s rock-shoulder, sand dunes

press white cheeks into a hot blue sky


hoots outside my window beg me

to rise and search the nutmeg-scented dawn


Yvan gallops past in black sombrero,

bandana mask, toy gun raised


a blue bowl, two found feathers — Tucuquere [owl]

and Queltehue [lapwing] — poems stall


mare and slender foal — milk and toffee

under Venus and a crescent moon.


Cynthia French is a Newfoundlander living in rural Nova Scotia. She has been writing poems since 2006 and has been published in Riddle Fence, CV2 and The New Quarterly. Other work has appeared on the website of the League of Canadian Poets as well as in the anthologies The Wild Weathers (Leaf Press, 2012) and Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s (Guernica, 2013).