SADIQA DE MEIJER
“Red-eye,” p. 69
“This poem merges two moments in time. The first is when I was a teenager, after my family had emigrated to Canada from the Netherlands, and we went back to visit. We arrived at sunrise, and I had this wishful feeling that the country had fallen asleep during our absence and I would find everything as it was when I left it. The second moment is some twenty-five years later, when my sense of home has shifted. I can never feel the same way again about either place. All our old selves persist inside of us in some way.”
Sadiqa de Meijer’s poetry was included in The Next Wave, an anthology of twenty-first-century Canadian poetry, which was published in May. She is working on a collection of lyric essays.