How Poems Work: A Selection from Suzanne Buffam’s “A Pillow Book”

From A Pillow Book, pages 41-43.   Some nights I visit Inés Fernández, the forlorn school teacher from southwestern Spain, who yawned once in the sun at a passing religious procession, felt a brief, searing pain through the back of her skull, and never slept another wink all her life. For the next thirty years she … Continue reading How Poems Work: A Selection from Suzanne Buffam’s “A Pillow Book”

How Poems Work: “The Stricture” by Lisa Robertson

From Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip.   ‘The 69 heads of Messerschmidt cast in lead are not heaven.’ ‘The magnetic cures of Mesmer on the plastic soul are more difficult to characterize.’ ‘The heavens of Flanders are like textile in lustrousness – a bridal textile.’ ‘We see the classic theme of a woman suffering, with pearl- … Continue reading How Poems Work: “The Stricture” by Lisa Robertson

dream/arteries to be Taught in BC High Schools

"A hundred years ago...the Japanese steamship Komagata Maru set sail for Canada with 376 Sikh, Muslim, and Hindu migrants travelling from Punjab, India. They were refused entry at Vancouver, even though all passengers were British subjects. The Komagata Maru sat moored in Vancouver’s harbour for two months while courts decided the passengers’ right to access – … Continue reading dream/arteries to be Taught in BC High Schools