age! you’ve all got sex on the brain. how do they expect you to learn anything at school when you’re parading around like that? we should have packed you off to England long ago.’ the great threat. to repeat history. to put me through what you went through. left for years at boarding school, even over the summer holidays, your parents off somewhere in India — did you wear bras under your tunics and blazers? surely by age sixteen? did they issue them along with the uniform? i never thought to
joke or the word that is truth told in the guise of falsehood. only a joke in either case, and so dismissed, while she, she smarts under its real intent. to speak what is disavowed. for that is where she is. in the gap between two versions. ‘The barque Whittier carried a piano among its cabin furniture. The master sold it to a Mrs. Schweppe, who resold it to Mrs. Richards, and then the school teacher also gave piano lessons in her rooms in Gastown.’ or ‘Mrs. Schwappe (?) sold it to Mrs.
these female pronouns there in the theatre of history (see Progress, see Master of one’s Destiny), a body armature that can be counted on, a body that doesn’t secretly transform itself (from month to month) . . . ✳ ‘To the woman he said: I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children.’ ✳ the vessel she is — (full)filling her destiny. ✳ They were surrounded by trees at the edge of the clearing, she knew that. By the dark of standing timber, rain
caught a glimpse of what she almost failed to recognize: a massive syllable of slippery flesh slide out the open mouth. Susan’s hands were there, wet and streaked with blood, and a child was in them, moving its limbs and stretching its tiny mouth to cry — a male child, tied to its origin within by a blue twisting cord. Strenuous with sudden air, it uttered a squall of protest. ‘Just as you thought,’ Susan laughed, ‘a boy.’ ✳ ‘I must confess I was taken aback by the babe’s equipment — So large
agree. The Outlander � Gil Adamson The Circle Game � Margaret Atwood Survival � Margaret Atwood The Hockey Sweater and Other Stories � Roch Carrier Roch Carrier’s La Guerre Trilogy � Roch Carrier Five Legs � Graeme Gibson De Niro’s Game � Rawi Hage Kamouraska � Anne Hébert No Pain Like This Body � Harold Sonny Ladoo Civil Elegies � Dennis Lee The Selected Short Fiction of Lisa Moore � Lisa Moore Ana Historic � Daphne Marlatt Alden Nowlan Selected Poems � Alden Nowlan Poems For All