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Linda King


pale paper minus zero    there is always a sun


rain slanting like loose syllables     or a blue bowl


you show up    all mystery and eye make-up


forget everything you’ve heard about party bags


the dog sleeps in the doorway    in captured language


those small embroidered moons


are feverish with lonely











everyone  blinded by remorse     sleep or shadow     circle or grotto


a blue  kind of weeping from the pharmacy counter


long vowels like the sound of  birds falling from the nest


count the cargo ships in the harbor    use the nouns as mooring


the furthest edge of meaning after the sun


all those years making place     a self and then another self


sew yourself into your clothes and wait for the ferry home

in clumsy light unclaimed myths fit your circumstances


all those weather warning     years of shores eroding


things you left behind     sun angles on the brick wall


unread pages held together with masking tape


a ghost philosophy     make an offering    make an offer


the return journey is a place you cannot occupy


an elsewhere next to the world     or this small section of earth



pose for the camera    wrap it around you like hand to pulse


words wash off the chalkboard like comparative intentions


allow the fiction of prayer     you are always the middle daughter


think it out     pay full price     your confession will never be finished


it’s all vintage violence and bonfire nights where only space will hold you


you gather new geographies full of the dictionary’s orphaned words


watch those three young girls walk that dirt road to school

Linda King Poems

Linda King is the author of four poetry collections – Dream Street Details (Shoe Music Press, 2012), Reality Wayfarers (Shoe Music Press, 2014), No Dimes for the Dancing Gypsies (BlazeVOX Books, 2016) and Ongoing Repairs to Something Significant (BlazeVOX Books, 2017). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in Canada and internationally. King is a graduate of The Writers’ Studio at Simon Fraser University.  She lives and writes on The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

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