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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.

The Purpose of Rooms

by Leslie Lum

The light different
            from outside
falls deviously to the left
            forced by space,
cramped like a stranger
among old friends.

                  It is familiar:
sunset.
            Is this a sleeping
                        room?

Objectless
            except a body strewn
            here and there
but even it
            is not
            an object.

            Tomorrow your voice
            becomes a document.

Today you determine
            your proportion of importance
            in this room.

Here you are
stretched end to end
your face
            carefully turned up towards
            the light.

Is this not
a living room?


This poem originally appeared in Canadian Literature #163 (Winter 2014), Asian Canadian Writing. (pg. 92)

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