An un­so­licited com­mis­sion for the gov­ern­ment of Canada in cel­e­bra­tion of one hun­dred and fifty years


Room Magazine - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

i. and so, his­tory

like dust set­tled over a forced still­ness on my be­half, prom­ises of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion my fam­ily, all my re­lated dust set­tled here a fine pow­der

lung coat­ing and vi­ral a coat of paint on the land­scape

a dim ab­sent sheen that sounds brighter than it looks a mem­ory omis­sive

we learn through rep­e­ti­tion and work and the ob­vi­ous les­son of all our colo­nial work leaves obliv­i­ous my fam­ily,

all my re­lated dust of what we are apol­o­giz­ing for

as if it was just a sim­ple mis­un­der­stand­ing a mi­nor im­bal­ance of ethics

with bad re­sults

all our colo­nial work

re­mem­bered as in­evitable and re­quired for­got­ten as pur­pose­ful, pre­med­i­tated, and on­go­ing

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