Rising Dust (by Margaret Avison)

Original Text: 
Margaret Avison, Concrete and Wild Carrot (London, Ont.: Brick Books, 2002). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from the winning volume on the Canadian Shortlist 2003).
1The physiologist says I am well over
2half water.
3I feel, look, solid; am
4though leaky firm.
5Yet I am composed
6largely of water.
7How the composer turned us out
8this way, even the learned few do not
9explain. That's life.
10And we're in need of
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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