Vancouver Special

Original Text: 

Sachiko Murakami. Rebuild. Vancouver, British Colombia: Talonbooks, 2011.

1Not failed attempts at beauty or stating.
2Unique answers to specific questions.
3How may I fit my family into the equation?
4How will we make the mortgage?
5How much land will be allotted,
6and to whom? What can't I afford?
7How may we state the look
8of elsewhere? How can I make myself less
9abstracted? In the house but not of it.
10Grace of a front lawn, stucco sophisticate.
11All that glitters stuck in the surface.
12Sheet shocks sense into reflection.
13Wood sliced into beam better becomes
14the forest. Can't see the trees for the city.
15Could you move to the east? A little further?
RPO poem Editors: 
Jim Johnstone
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Poem used with permission of the author.