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Poet Cassidy McFadzean

Cassidy McFadzean – The Magician Wove


The Magician Wove

I found a wise     and weird creature
seated in a tall,      secluded tower,
a spire overlooking     vast seas and fields,
working in silence      her solitary task.
She toiled through       threadbare nights,
her finger’s tired      twill weaving
droplets of red       dye into filament,
her blood into fibre,        body into thread.
This magician wove     the warp and weft,
transformed ply into        pictures divine,
her tapestry spoke        unspeakable words,
spun into cotton    like clouds onto sky.
Who is this servant,      ever spinning twine
stringing sentences,        speech into time?

answer: poet

Cassidy McFadzean is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart 2015). She has been a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize, the Walrus Poetry Prize, and won second place in the 2014 Short Grain Contest. McFadzean lives in Regina and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


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