Video by Gary Barwin


Make your hair stand on end in my mind’s eye,
Horatio, your Federal Tax Payment Account was blocked
for fraud. More in sorrow than in anger.
Please check the information about your account.

Fair play. Woe is me. Rhyme nor reason.
All one to me. Stiffen the sinews.
Your Federal Tax Payment Account was blocked for fraud.
To sleep: perchance to dream. Ay, there’s the rub.

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The Queen’s English. We have seen better days.
Make haste. Screw your courage to the sticking place.
We have seen better days.

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Shall I compare thee to a summer.

Gary Barwin, Poet

Gary Garwin’s Picasso-style photo.

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and the author of 19 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for kids. His most recent collections are Moon Baboon Canoe (poetry, Mansfield Press, 2014) and The Wild and Unfathomable Always (visual poetry, Xexoxial Editions, 2015.) Forthcoming books include Yiddish for Pirates (novel, Random House Canada, 2016), I, Dr Greenblatt, Orthdontist, 251-1457  (fiction, Anvil 2015) and Sonosyntactics: Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton (WLUP, 2015). He was the 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence at Western University at teaches at Kings University College. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario and at


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