A Cedric Literary Award!

On November 21, I was honoured to be presented with an inaugural Cedric Literary Award for poems from my collection The Imminence of Fracture. The lead poem in the submission was “I Know You,” shown in this post.

To read more about my collection, see the article published in the Oak Bay News.

 Bettherthan50 chief creative officer Heather Kohler, Oak Bay award-winning poet Susan Braley and Cedrics executuive director Veronica Osborn during the awards reception.

Bettherthan50 chief creative officer Heather Kohler, Oak Bay award-winning poet Susan Braley and Cedrics executive director Veronica Osborn during the awards reception.

Congratulations to my co-finalist Wendy Donawa and to the other 2015 Cedric Award winners — Irene Lynxleg (First Nations Storytelling), Margitta Maud (Creative Non-fiction), and Joel Scott (Fiction).

Much gratitude to Dr. Peter Dale, founder of the Cedric Literary Awards, and Veronica Osborn, Executive Director of the Cedrics, for bringing these generous awards into being to encourage and celebrate BC writers over 50 who have not yet published a book.

I Know You

Because a blue vein in your forehead pulsed like a distant star. A blessing, Mother said, so she could tell us apart.

Because in those sixteen weeks, while asleep, we touched fingertips like the figures on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Because afterwards, she’d find me lying on my side, gazing at the place you’d been. My vanished hemisphere.

Because when I swam as a girl in the salt-water bay, your mist-limbs mirrored my own.

Because, now, when the lift bridge hangs in the sky like an amputee, I can’t decide if I mourn for you or for me.

Because, they say, if one of two dies, even in the womb, she moves – tissue, spirit, bone – inside the skin of the other. Twin: sarcophagus.

Because your words were hands when, that night in smoke and panic, I found a gash to slip through in the fuselage.

Because your hands were words when, the day before my wedding, you lured my skis, for a moment, toward the slope’s abyss.

Because, my Janus, my jealous candescent, a galaxy blazes when my newborn cries.

“I Know You” was published in Wordworks in 2014.

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