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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.

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 2015), Asian Canadian Writing. (pg. 92)

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