Three poems by Anna Veprinska

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Here, a clothesline,
 a slender horizontal
 pedestrian with a duty
 to dry,
 
 flapping 
 
 its crooked 
 teeth in the wind.
 



  
 Severe allergic reaction,
 
 a 
 religion
 my skin
 succumbed
 to, worshipped
 
 as it swelled with 
 its own saints: the body
 penned a book while I itched 
 it. The book was titled, The Unbearable.
 



  
 Land
 perforated with 
 
 theft, as flesh
 at wounding –
 
 this cleaved
 terrain, this tender
 
 edge
 of not yours.

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Anna Veprinska is a poet and scholar. She has published the books Sew with Butterflies: poems (Steel Bananas, 2014) and Empathy in Contemporary Poetry after Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Her poetry chapbook, Spirit-clenched, from which these poems are drawn, was published with Gap Riot Press in December 2020. She has had poems published or forthcoming in HA&L, The /tƐmz/ Review, Not Very Quiet, 8 PoemsEcholocation, and Labour of Love, among others. She holds an award-winning Ph.D. in English from York University and is a current SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.

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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