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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.

Weed Flowers

by Anne Le Dressay

He picked flowering weeds, wild
flowers, as we were walking,
and gave them to me: wild sweetpeas,
goldenrod. They grace the kitchen table
now. For them, I have displaced
the garden flowers which are always
there for the picking.
For the moment, these weeds triumph,
and will die too in their time,
which is not yet.

I carried them home in my hand,
rode the crowded transit bus
with the bad-tempered driver
who thought I was lingering
with a lover. No. These flowers,
picked so casually on a walk, were
given me by a man who will not
be a lover, though I had hoped.

So I have carried carefully home
the flowers casually given, and
when they die, or when I leave
for the other home where I have to
live, these flowers, these wild-growing
weeds transferred to a tame
kitchen, these weeds in their end
will mark an end. Not yet.

This poem originally appeared in Canadian Literature #150 (Autumn 2015), Urquhart and Munro. (pg. 9)

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