Interstice 25

Snow in May and then – sudden –
heat wave a week after.
Spring this blowsy convergence of lilacs,
apple blossoms – a few days and the wind splats it
into the yard.
Mosquitoes hatch, too fast for your forgetfulness of blood
and your flesh is planets.
From the highest mountain ash branch, a
robin chirrups like ice – all else a desert in the throat,
crashed sapped beneath the fan,
no time to grow accustomed to the sun.
Punching its golden fist through the sky.

~ 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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