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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.

Descent, as Usual, into Hell

by Robert Kroetsch

I've told her now so long
so often and sojourn salut

diamond
star or

(ouest
or quest or)

worry bead
relinquish

redolent as always
as the heated rose

summer and
a scent

(allot illusion as
is necessary to)

annealing praise
reticulate as tongue

mighty and a mouse
alike a maze

can he her up haul
or over if and may

asylum for her worship
in the night announce

the word of way
widen the weave

the was or is of
story is a story of

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"Descent, as Usual, into Hell" originally appeared in Canadian Literature #90: The Art of Autobiography (Autumn 1981)

MLA: Kroetsch, Robert. CanLit Poets: "Descent, as Usual, into Hell" by Robert Kroetsch. canlit.ca. Canadian Literature, 12 Mar. 2009. Web. 16 Sept. 2014.

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