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Nor’easter

The house on Atlantic Ave
……….teeters on the embankment’s
………,edge–
……….a feather could send it crashing.

The black-blue sea there’s no stopping
……….kicks in the door, strangles shore.

House’s floor: water’s feet.

Walls: sand and froth.

Salt: a tarnished coating.

Wind: a burglar wrestling shutters
……….whistles a tune about his weapon–
……….airborne gravel, a gravel of fists.

Underneath that abusive sky,
……….externalized and homeless.

 

Jami Macarty teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University and is an editor of the online poetry journal The Maynard. A recipient of a BC Arts Council grant, her poems appear  in Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Drunken Boat, The Fiddlehead, and PRISM international, among others.

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