Crystal Hurdle


Excerpt from Ajar

It is being built.
It will be beautiful.
We could live there and start again.
It is so fresh and new.

Narnian door to time and place
a transparency that leaps it
into love’s other dimension.
Always in the making is
the hope for truth and beauty
whether slippery clay
febrile wool
panacea of yeast and flour
or wood, glass.

But through the door
threshold over which to carry
a reclaimed virgin, wife
sorry for your pain.
A moon upside down
like Mary Pratt’s substance of light.
This world is incandescent
and it could be ours.


Crystal Hurdle teaches English and Creative Writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. In October 2007, she was Guest Poet at the International Sylvia Plath Symposium at the University of Oxford, reading from After Ted & Sylvia: Poems. Her work, poetry and prose, has been published in many journals, including Canadian Literature, The Literary Review of Canada, Event, Bogg, Vallum, Ars Medica, and The Dalhousie Review. Teacher’s Pets, a teen novel in verse, was published in 2014. Sick Witch (poems) is forthcoming from Ronsdale Press.

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