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Claire Kelly

About the Writer      

 

            Claire Kelly's first full-length collection, Maunder, will be available from Palimpsest Press in Spring 2017. She has curated a chapbook of emerging Edmonton poets for Frog Hollow Press’s City Series, which is available for purchase at www.froghollowpress.com. She lives and writes in Edmonton.

Poem for a Woman I Made Up 

 

 

She drapes herself over a laundry rack, 

she’s fallen off the bone. 

 

A crack in the foundation at which her fine chin points.  

What about plaster?  

What about sandpaper? 

Can’t remember the last time her hand  

gripped a paintbrush or how many coats it took 

to layer a shell thick enough to chuck 

plates against. 

 

Bottom of the stairs, glancing up, 

time wafts right at her — 

all chipped nail polish, a chronic, a habit. 

 

Oh, to live in a tent, somewhere temperate. 

Her favourite sound is of zippers: 

zzzzzzZZZp!  

Don’t look at her that way, 

sometimes a zipper’s just a zipper. 

 

Oh, to be in love once 

with that complex boy 

who wouldn’t sit with his back to crowds, 

who failed geography three times. 

 

Her mouth of memorized mountain ranges, 

of South American capitals, 

of deltas and tectonics. 

 

Once she was happy 

enough climbing to 

her heights, her depths, 

but now she’s a cartography of herself 

and is of the plains, the veldts. 

 

Was so tiring without hills, but she’s learned 

to pace her steps, develops elevations in her head 

sidewinds like a rattler in the dry air. 

 
Contents
Poetry

Robert Rothman

 

-- Ambassador To A Distant Kingdom In The North County

-- The Monk's Halo

 

Leah MacLean-Evans

-- Blood Days Recipe

 

Paula Bernett

 

-- Memory Consumed So It Was Never

-- Quill and Brood

Gordon Massman

 

-- The Master of Nothing

-- My Appassionato

-- Finnegan's Religion

Naomi Ruth Lewinsky

 

-- To My Brother's Late Dragon Lady

Marie Andree-Auclaire

-- Closer Than One Thinks

Joelle Barron

-- Total Eclipse

-- House Stuff

Claire Matthews

-- My Underwear Drawer Houses the Book of Mormon

Claire Kelly

-- Poem for a Woman I Made Up

Benjamin Hertwig

-- sunday mornings, after Afghanistan

Eugenie Juliet Theall

-- Other than a Paperweight

Will Harris

-- Imam Ali Shrine

-- Kangaroo Wall

Prose

Mallory Tater

 

-- Heat Dream

 

Liz Johnston

 

-- Public Transit

Gardner Landry

 

-- Mayonaise

Benjamin Dugdale

-- Orlando Two Point O: Hashtag Forever Yung

Artwork and Photography

Gord Marci Jr.

-- Typewriter With Note

Allen Forrest

 

-- The New World Manbike 12 x 9 2016

-- The New World Workers 2 Ink 15 x 11 2016

Kerry Rawlinson

-- Mistry Trees

David Mutnjakovik

-- Let it Begin

Colette Campbell-Moscrop

-- Untitled-Gouache, Graphite, Ink and Watercolour on Laid-Textured Paper

-- Nope-Gouache, Graphite, Ink and Watercolour on Found Paper

-- Horrible Together, Full Circle-Ink on Cardboard Paper

Reviews

Margaret Crawford

 

-- A Review of Kathleen McCraken's Double Self-Portrait with Mirror: New and Selected Poems (1978-2014)

-- A Review of R. Aviars Utskins' The Hoosier Zebra and other "Poims"

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