Interstice 22

No snow left
– end of April
but on the darkest slopes
of Fort Edmonton Park
grass dazzling up
green
except a five foot patch on the lawn
where the failed
ice rink
melted to a brown drench
the school buses
audacious as dandelions
buzzing by on 44th
and a jackrabbit
feasting on weeds
in the newly revealed
garden
spotted now with dun,
uncamouflaged & fragile
in the sunshine.

~ Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen’s titles include: Somatic – The Life and Work of Egon Schiele (Exile Editions 1998), nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award, The Wrecks of Eden (Wolsak and Wynn, 2002), shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, Shall: ghazals (Wolsak and Wynn, 2006) and Cusp/detritus (Anvil Press, 2006), nominated for the ReLit Award. Seeing Lessons (2007) was recently shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards. Her poems have been translated into Italian (Caneide with Joe Rosenblatt, 2005) and Korean. She plays bass/sings in the blackmetal band, INHUMAN. She’s been writing about living in Edmonton since June 2006.

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