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Current Issue: #219 Contested Migrations (Winter 2013)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 219 (Winter 2013), Contested Migrations is now available! The issue features articles by Vinh Nguyen, Mariam Pirbhai, Rachel Bower, Maude Lapierre, J. I. Little, David Williams, and more.

Nothing is Perfect the First Time

by Randal Chin

Nothing is perfect the first time.
Before the sewing needle had an eye,
it had a hook of many styles.
What then was the sock puppet?
A hat puppet, a glove puppet,
an underwear puppet,
and a jock-strap puppet.
Canada had the tuque puppet,
but the Americans—
they loved their tube socks.


This poem originally appeared in Canadian Literature #163 (Winter 2014), Asian Canadian Writing. (pg. 155)

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