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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.


by Cyril Dabydeen

As the mountain was long-lost,
So I came—
You came.

Slab of stone,
Across a myriad sky.

Here it is not
New York
Or Dutch Guiana.

This exchange—
Blood for

Ontario is all I think about
You see,
Believe in...

Lake Superior at last,
A shale of entrance—
More of it...

Nanabijou too I am,
With other legends.

Virtues really,
A pelt beginning
Convincing me...

Who I am,
You are—
We are!

This poem originally appeared in Canadian Literature #150 (Autumn 2015), Urquhart and Munro. (pg. 106)

MLA: Dabydeen, Cyril. CanLit Poets: "Emblems" by Cyril Dabydeen. canlit.ca. Canadian Literature, 13 Nov. 2008. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.

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