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Current Issue: #221 Science & Canadian Literature (Summer 2014)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 221 (Summer 2014) is now available. This special issue focuses on science and Canadian literature and features a wide range of articles and book reviews as well as a selection of new Canadian poetry.

Ultrasound

by Deirdre Dwyer

On the screen part of me as one of the seas
of the moon, what astrologers see
when they look into their telescopes
and see night skies swimming by.
I have drunk oceans
of so many years
to look inside. . .

I thought ultrasounds were only
for pregnant women reassured
with floating images of their small wet miracles.
My ovary is a dime I've spent
and will spend again. And there's another bowl
of blood preparing to spill its routine.

Oh, if we were not creatures of habit...
If we could stare into the sun
and the lunar eclipse
and if we knew where the world's
water goes at low tide,
if we knew ourselves back
to the sounds of the original world,
if we knew what we could hear,
if we knew, what we would hear ?


This poem originally appeared in Canadian Literature #150 (Autumn 2015), Urquhart and Munro. (pg. 44)

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