Posts Tagged ‘Frontier Collge’

what it was: toilet paper collected against shortages
then released into the wind as an act of anti-hoarding,
plastic bags from a big grocery store shopping sent up
to roam free to protect overloaded landfills

what it will be: an unpalatable lunch for larger and then
smaller and smaller and then larger and larger animals,
or if it’s toilet paper maybe a family gathering, a joyful
return to the site of former happy days in the woods

what it is: rubbish of course, but lit and rather lovely,
kite tails caught out of the hands of inexperienced fliers,
doves only temporarily snagged and about to take flight,
their tail feathers spread in the light as they ready for takeoff

the power of it: those lovely dark intricacies and the fans
of white light, lit and fluttering among them, the oddity:
such a tangle of what is wrong and what is right commented on
by camera and sun, their take on one moment of our destruction


Judy Gaudet is a poet living in Belfast, Prince Edward Island. She has edited an anthology of 150 poems from more than 100 poets telling Canada’s story, called 150+: Canada’s History in Poetry, (Acorn 2018). Collections of her own poems are Her Teeth Are Stones (Acorn 2005) and Conversation with Crows (Oberon 2014).




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 “Annihilationism was also Lizzy’s favourite doctrine.”



Do Not Eat Too Much
Do Not Enter Into Relations With More Than
Do Not Enhance Your
Do Not Envision Your
Do Not Eat Too Little
Do Not Earn More Than
Do Not Elevate Yourself Above
Do Not Engulf Your Children
Do Not End Up Alone
Do Not End Up Old
Do Not Enlarge Yourself
Do Not Embody Your Own
Do Not Enjoy Your Own
Do Not Enslave Yourself
Do Not Erase Yourself
Do Not Emasculate
Do Not Embarrass
Do Not Encourage
Do Not Entice
Do Not Even Imagine



Deborah Willis’ first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was shortlisted for a Governor
General’s Award for fiction, named one of The Globe and Mail’s top 100 books of the year, and
recommended by NPR as one of the best books of 2010. Her second book, The Dark and Other
Love Stories, was longlisted for the 2017 Giller Prize, won the Georges Bugnet Award for
best work of fiction published in Alberta, and was named one of the best books of the year
by The Globe and Mail, the CBC, and Chatelaine Magazine. Her fiction and non-fiction has
appeared in The Walrus, The Virginia Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Lucky Peach, The Wall
Street Journal, and Zoetrope. She lives in Calgary and works as an editor for Freehand Books.

She can be found at



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“It might have seemed like an affectation in another man, but in Rick there was a softness to it, as if he was politely rearranging chairs to make room so everyone could sit, as if he was raking the neighbour’s leaves without being asked.”