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Current Issue: #215 Indigenous Focus (Winter 2012)

Canadian Literature's Issue 215 (Winter 2012) is now available. The issue features articles by Renate Eigenbrod, K. J. Verwaayen, Paul Murphy, Sylvie Vranckx, Mareike Neuhaus, Angela Van Essen, and Anouk Lang, and new Canadian poetry & book reviews.

Emblems

by Cyril Dabydeen

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

Slab of stone,
Bear-walker
Across a myriad sky.

Here it is not
New York
Or Dutch Guiana.

This exchange—
Blood for
Limestone.

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,
Asleep
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 2014), Urquhart and Munro. (pg. 106)

MLA: Dabydeen, Cyril. CanLit Poets: "Emblems" by Cyril Dabydeen. canlit.ca. Canadian Literature, 13 Nov. 2008. Web. 20 Aug. 2014.

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