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The Trust Spiral

Restoring faith in the media

Dear Prudence

A life of exuberance and eccentricity

Who’s Afraid of Alice Munro?

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


What balance of bend

and backbone? What measure

resilience moulds malleable’s molecules

such that its structure’s rearranged?


whipped to a froth with peaks

are perky till two beats too many: then

the mixture droops, begins to weep.

But basket-

weaving 101 needs initially wet

warp and weft to work—a thin

wood slat has

to be pliable;

try it dry, with its hard line unchanged,

and it’ll snap.


Jill Jorgenson is a Toronto writer and artist who spends her days delivering the mail. Her poetry and artwork have appeared in Descant, The New Quarterly, Arc and CV2. Cormorant Books will launch her first collection of poems, Looking East Over My Shoulder, in the spring of 2014.