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Current Issue: #218 Of Borders and Bioregions (Autumn 2013)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 218 (Autumn 2013), Of Borders and Bioregions is now available. Guest edited by Anne Kaufman and Robert Thacker, the issue features articles by Tamas Dobozy, Laurie Ricou, Lisa Szabo-Jones, Magali Sperling Beck, and more.

Poems

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. 19 Apr. 2014.

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