Because for now you are happy, puttering along beside the thoroughfare in all that taffeta and lace. The boy is a neighbour, and you’re the only girl he’ll be seen playing with. They all want to be seen playing with you. At school, they gather around where you eat lunch, try to swap for your baloney-and-mustard, giggle as you crack jokes about the teachers. T
Tad Michalak is a Toronto based illustrator and poster artist. His work is often rooted in absurd & grotesque takes on reality. He has been involved in a number of poster exhibitions including PROMO as part of the SummerWorks Performance Festival. His most recent zine is called “1 Of Us” and is a collection of water colour portraits.
I look at myself in the mirror. My hairdresser is struggling without success; it just isn’t working. I am not terribly concerned, I’m not really paying much attention, I’ve been [More…]
I broke through the fence & wandered
where nothing grew. It was a time
when being in my solitude brought
so many living plans to the
top of my thinking & in a flash
you decide to trust no one.
Margot had been waiting for a sign from God, and now the ice was coming. It unfurled over the grey horizon like a flower in expedited bloom, moving over the lake towards land. When it reached the edge of the backyard it crawled with frozen fingers over hardened earth, covering dormant grass and the tulip beds Margot had been monitoring for signs of spring. Watching…
The first time I opened my mouth and spoke, he was taken aback. He was not expecting it. “So how come you speak English so well?” he asked me.
It was my first week of university and the two of us were crowded by the back doorway of the 95 B-line.
I took a deep breath in and a deep breath out, before replying, “Uh, school? I guess?”
Rasiqra Revulva is a queer femme writer, multi-media artist, editor, musician, performer, and friend to cats. She is currently developing her debut chapbook of poetry and glitch art, “Cephalopography” (words(on)pages press, 2016), into a full-length collection acquired by Wolsak and Wynn’s Buckrider Books imprint for publication in spring of 2020.
This place is out of reach. This case is minus two dollars and cents.
Windchill neg forty: raw blast force through bus hut for bodies. No
ticket. No wicket. No keypad. No quick mart. But car park. But rapid…
Gary Barwin is a writer, musician and multimedia artist from Hamilton. His New & Selected Poems edited by Alessandro Porco will appear next year from Wolsak & Wynn.