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Current Issue: #219 Contested Migrations (Winter 2013)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 219 (Winter 2013) is now available. The issue features articles by Vinh Nguyen, Miriam Pirbhai, Rachel Bower, and others, as well as new poetry & book reviews.

Small signs and scars

by Gillian Harding-Russell

His concern was not comforting
unwrinkling waves under numb glass so that
I cried like someone on the other side.
He dropped the reflecting disc on my knee
unprofessionally, taken aback; but not
everything means anything.

The next doctor examined my eye
as biological flesh with geographical lines,
each subterranean eruption amid the shifting plates of the world
now under the microscope each scar and
abnormality an insignia recording a lifetime
of small disasters.


This poem originally appeared in Canadian Literature #172 (Spring 2014), Auto / biography. (pg. 144)

MLA: Harding-Russell, Gillian. CanLit Poets: "Small signs and scars" by Gillian Harding-Russell. canlit.ca. Canadian Literature, 2 Oct. 2008. Web. 1 Sept. 2014.

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