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Current Issue: #223 Agency & Affect (Winter 2014)

Canadian Literature's Issue 223 (Winter 2014), Agency & Affect, is now available. The issue features articles by Ranbir K. Banwait, Paul Huebener, Lisa Marchi, Veronica Austen, and Andrea Beverley, as well as an interview with Laurence Hill by Kerry Lappin-Fortin, along with new Canadian poetry and book reviews.

Descent, as Usual, into Hell

by Robert Kroetsch

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

star or

or quest or)

worry bead

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

More poems by Robert Kroetsch:

"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. 4 Oct. 2015.

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