rebecca begins to worry about time

Original Text: 
  • Shannon Bramer, suitcases and other poems (Toronto: Exile Editions, 1999): 43.
  • 1she uses liquid paper to white out all the lines
    2on the calendar, wants one big day for herself.
    3no more squatting squares, she thinks, no more
    4cruel cubes of ice. she's dismantled the kitchen
    5clock, made a necklace with its delicate parts.
    6she's not sure what she'll do next: tear up her
    7engagement book, cancel all of her appointments?
    8time comes into her room like a large cat, when she must
    9corner him, force an embrace. time
    10is time because of the pain, because of the fine
    11claws digging in.
    RPO poem Editors: 
    Ian Lancashire
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