bargain hunt

Posted: April 8, 2016 in lauren carter
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This is how
she spends

her Saturday,

through pages
of sale

until her fingers

are ink-stained,

with grey silt,
as if she’d been

shucking oyster
shells, turning

the bone-
handled blade

to split
that hard

lip, expose
a rare pearl.


Lauren Carter  is the author of Swarm, described as “a somberly melodic, literary foray” by Booklist and named one of CBC’s Top 40 books that could change Canada, as well as Lichen Bright, a poetry collection. Her prose and poetry have won and been short-listed for several awards, including the CBC Literary Prizes, and anthologized in 15: Best Canadian Stories (edited by John Metcalf). She has recently completed a second manuscript of poetry and is finishing a short-story collection and two novels with the assistance of a major arts grant from the Manitoba Arts Council, at her home in The Pas, Manitoba. Visit her online at where she blogs weekly about writing and life in the north.



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