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Current Issue: #220 Tracking CanLit (Spring 2014)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 220 (Spring 2014) is now available. The issue features a wide range of articles and book reviews as well as a selection of new Canadian poetry.

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. 25 Oct. 2014.

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