The plot so far

SELINA BOAN

Room Magazine - - WILSON-YANG -

ev­i­dence ev­ery­where / a house built over a home / a name / what is / the his­tory of a word / thick rimmed fence / coins set­tled in a drawer for food / eat half a le­mon and you’ll feel fine / I prom­ise

in the dic­tionary / the cree word mah­takoskacikew / means s/he set­tles or lays on top of ev­ery­thing // I’ll tell you a story / I stained my hands as a kid in the back­yard where I grew / peel­ing wal­nut shells open / try­ing to find the part I could eat

at six­teen / I hitched up the green wa­ter tower / set­tled at the top for a bet­ter view / dreamt mother wasn’t young / driv­ing a VW van cush­ioned with gas / hands on the wheel in front of a hill wear­ing fire / she was just so in­no­cent / my birth fa­ther told me in the car / and I wanted to be­lieve

from the ground up / grow­ing / I never learned the hul’q’umi’num name for the place I lived till I was gone/ once slipped my­self into the bay / cracked my feet on dock barnacles and bled / I wanted so many ways / to set­tle in pri­vate / my mother’s heart / a plot / a plan made in se­cret / a piece of land we wanted to call our own but was / not ours to name

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