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Current Issue: #219 Contested Migrations (Winter 2013)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 219 (Winter 2013) is now available. The issue features articles by Vinh Nguyen, Miriam Pirbhai, Rachel Bower, and others, as well as new poetry & book reviews.

Driving, Accidental, West

by Robert Kroetsch

1

the shaped infinity
to hammer home

help, and the wild geese
heading south

and every way and
which, confuse

the fall of light
the fatal peen

how, and the commonest
crow or sparrow

speak the pale
or sensing moon

2

accelerate, the swan
sing, or eloquent as

antelope, the crisp
rejoinder of the duck's

quack to the deer's
leap, and, even then

even, a static dream
twitter and acquit

the kill, wait, for
and the nasty snow

fall, fall and for
tonight, only, dream

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"Driving, Accidental, West" originally appeared in Canadian Literature #90: The Art of Autobiography (Autumn 1981)

MLA: Kroetsch, Robert. CanLit Poets: "Driving, Accidental, West" by Robert Kroetsch. canlit.ca. Canadian Literature, 12 Mar. 2009. Web. 21 Sept. 2014.

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