The complicated simplicity of sipping from a woman’s love…
~ Michelle Labossière Brandt

This same
complicated simplicity
I offered my men
their beaking otherwise
their sipping elsewhere
the acute sting
of betrayal
how     after
the days slipped sideways
throat wanted to clasp closed
and in my sorrow  broke
a flash.
beat their wings 820 times per minute
and a small iridescent thought
I might want love again,
to be suspended in mid-air
feel the rapid beating of that tiny tiny heart.
The weightlessness.

~ Pierrette Requier

Pierrette Requier, a bilingual Alberta writer and spoken word performer, enjoys collaborations across artistic disciplines. She serves as literary representative of RAFA, an Alberta organization supporting French artists. Her book of prose poems details from the edge of the village, (Frontenac House, Calgary, Quartet 2009) was short-listed for the Edmonton Book Prize. Her most recent publication Storm/orage from Edmonton’s The Works Festival, 2010 has appeared with Ian Sheldon’s paintings in Storm Chaser Canadian Prairie Skyscapes (August 2011). As Wind Eye Writing Seminar designer and host, Pierrette has facilitated writing workshops across Alberta for aspiring writers from 6 to 86 years old. Recently she has enjoyed participating in Edmonton’s first French LitFest’s Event “On lit à L’artère”.

Pierrette will be reading at the Edmonton “Balanced Brunch” event on April 29. We hope to see you at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library.

Read more of Pierrette Requier’s poetry:
Sketches of a Return, February 2006
Mount Edith Cavell Suite
The Angel of Simon
Autumn Dawn

You Never Know/On ne sait jamais

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