More Sex, More Nature – a poem for Lisa on our 19th Anniversary

Today on our balcony, we were talking about the poem. More sex, more nature, you say. Let me in. In the garden below us, the sunflower stalks stiffen their seedy heads. I am greedy for the mouths of poetry and words spoken in ways they have never been spoken before. I want to learn the body anew the way a great fuck teaches me new things about the holes I’ve known all my life. Sometimes I rise from our bed and wonder if it was really me. Everything is nature and sex, everything is continuance. I would have told you the opposite before you, before children. A single self is a tiny thing, filled full on so few words. More sex, more nature you say.

~ Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison is a multiple-award-winning poet and editor. His six books of poetry include Hero of the Play, which was launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Big Breath of a Wish, poems about his daughter’s acquisition of language. As well as hockey and literature (about which he co-edited the essay collection, Now is the Winter), Richard also contributes to the growing scholarship on the superhero narrative. With Lee Easton, he is the co-author of The Secret Identity Reader, 2010. Richard teaches composition, poetry, fiction, creative writing, and, most recently, a course in comics and graphic novels.

Richard will be reading at the Calgary “Balanced Brunch” event on April 22. We hope to see you at the John Murrell Theatre.

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