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From the archives

The Trust Spiral

Restoring faith in the media

Our Feudal Immigration Policy

Why should an accident of birth determine who benefits from citizenship?

Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party


Flora violates nourishing soil,

thrusts in roots that blunder deeper,

shove away pith to make path

until a shudder and collapse

or one rogue root extruding

from its flesh a solo blossom

bucks the fragile plan.


Instruments of darkness

toil in thick dirt.

Predators of root and bedrock

burrow underfoot.

Traveller, beware:

the patch of earth your boot imprinted

hovers on pockets of nil.


Peter Norman is the author of two collections of poetry, At the Gates of the Theme Park (Mansfield Press, 2010) and Water Damage (Mansfield Press, 2013), with a third forthcoming in 2015 from Icehouse. His first novel, Emberton, was published this year by Douglas and McIntyre.