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Current Issue: #219 Contested Migrations (Winter 2013)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 219 (Winter 2013), Contested Migrations is now available! The issue features articles by Vinh Nguyen, Mariam Pirbhai, Rachel Bower, Maude Lapierre, J. I. Little, David Williams, and more.

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. 22 July 2014.

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