Hemispheres My introvert side is glad to actually have a rest: Breathes, exhales slowly, sinks into his chair. He sets priorities, contemplates, makes plans yet accepts the folly of making plans - releases all to its fulfillment. My extrovert side wants to eat sushi, drink draught beer experience the world beyond his front door. He cannot bear to stay inside while there is an outside which must be changed. In the distance a siren sounds, a call to action right now! It doesn't matter which side of my brain I would like to follow: At least I have passed five minutes of the pandemic. Pantoum The smouldering fire of his heart stoked by hope borne of a long wait was yet truly the very start of uncovering such a trait. Stoked by hope borne of a long wait he learns the truth within the dream of uncovering such a trait beauty greater than what may seem. He learns the truth within the dream the radiant light in his eyes beauty greater than what may seem coaxing his desire to arise. The radiant light in his eyes was yet truly the very start coaxing his desire to arise the smouldering fire of his heart. Big Time Local Player Makes Good First round lottery pick signed to a guaranteed contract it seems he has fulfilled the stuff of little-boy dreams. Even as a ruddy, raw upstart clickety-clacking on coltish legs he showed signs this day might come if ever he grew into his promise. He watched how the game was being played and decided to learn how to do it a different way and work as long as it took to seem simple. He never forgot where he came from. "I owe it all to my family, my coaches, my teammates, and even my opponents, because they forced me to be better." I asked him how he would celebrate having found what he was looking for. With a glint in his eye, he set his jaw, and said, "I've only just begun."
Pat Connors first chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map. He contributed 18 poems to Bottom of the Wine Jar, published in 2017 by SandCrab Press, and launched in Gibara, Cuba.
He has had work printed in Belgium, India, and the United Kingdom, in addition to the United States and Canada.
Past publication credits include: Spadina Literary Review; Tamaracks; and Tending the Fire, released this spring by the League of Canadian Poets.
Recent publication credits include: Poetry and Covid; Devour; Lummox 9 Anthology; Canadian Stories; Harbinger Asylum; Silver Birch Press; Poetry Pause.
His first full collection, The Other Life, is forthcoming from Mosaic Press.
Notes on Prior Publication Hemispheres was posted on the Poetry in the Plague Year online anthology in August, 2020. Pantoum was published in the Canadian Stories magazine June/July 2020 issue, and reprinted in the Lummox 9 Anthology, released in November 2020. Big Time is currently unpublished, but submitted to Toronto Poetry Magazine.