is the author of The Hundred Lives (shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize) and Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain (shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General's Award for Poetry, the BC Book Prize and the Raymond Souster Award). His other books include The Fifth Window, A Tunisian Notebook, House Built of Rain (shortlisted for the BC Book Prize), and The Human Shore.
Friday, July 3, 2015
The card you gave me, your small handwriting
on the back -- is gone. But the deep black ink
of the artist’s drawing pen stayed with me,
and the ancient couplets became the dark
that holds the living organs, the same dark
through which the deer runs, giving off thin smoke