Sturgeon (by Karen Solie)

Original Text: 
Karen Solie, Short Haul Engine (London. ON: Brick Books, 2001). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2002 Canadian Shortlist).
1Jackfish and walleye circle like clouds as he strains
2the silt floor of his pool, a lost lure in his lip,
3Five of Diamonds, River Runt, Lazy Ike,
4or a simple spoon, feeding
5a slow disease of rust through his body's quiet armour.
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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