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Claire Matthews

About the Writer      


            Claire Matthews’ work, long-listed for the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize, has appeared in Arc, Joyland, Room Magazine, Loose Lips Magazine, The Maynard, and Plenitude. She’s currently working on a collection of essays titled, I Bet You Think This Book Is About You. In her spare time, she makes soap and drinks whisky.



I like worst-case scenarios. She likes the rebellious girls

she masturbates to. I want to bite into them,

juice dribbling down my chin. Where do we go from here?


This adulterous thing you have going on

makes me immune to judgment. It’s like a promise

ring without a ring. It’s just a promise.


You carry Werthers in your purse?

So I can make friends. Would you like one, friend?

She was that kind of girl.


But we don’t have to be geography—neither of us

know the meaning. I scrape your surface, but perhaps

it was only an echo. We don’t know where we’ve been.


We walk through the streets, cut across

the predictability of snow. The first time

you call me Hummel, knot me to a line.


Logic is the philosophical analysis of arguments.

I want to tell you what I couldn’t then:

there’s never a secret not told.


When Ra wept and his tears hit the ground

they turned into honeybees. If I could pick a part of you

to stay: the other woman.


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


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


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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