Ghosts of Grass. A poem by Steve Passey

Ghosts of Grass

Here:
It’s the katabatic winds
coming down from the mountains
hard like the love 
and the wrath 
of God.
It’s the borealis that comes
with the thirty below
on the first of March.
It’s the ghosts of grass and a million buffalo.
It’s Red Crow and
Joseph Smith and
coyote songs and
horseflies and
a woman in a dress
come up from the river,
walking in her bare feet,
carrying her sandals
by their straps in
her left hand.

Steve Passey is from Southern Alberta. he is the author of the collections Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock (Tortoise Books, 2017) and Cemetery Blackbirds (Secret History Books, 2021) and many other individual things.  

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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