des trap­pistes

Prairie Fire - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - TREVOR GRAUMANN

you won­der now that love could

let you down—el­e­men­tary steps

against the breeze

(the poets

called it ze­phyr cruel

con­duc­tor of psy­che

a les­son to be­ware the wind)

trans­gres­sive

at the bas­ket­ball court

blue bar­rettes pinched from the

french girls canned

con­sommé as a

weapon of de­ter­rence

your plas­tic pool

in the long grass

they don’t dare come near

la chapelle de notre-dame-du-

bons-sec­ours

mary’s chapel

on closed cir­cuit at night

in view of the grave­yard

a type of amenity now rarely

found in man­i­toba

but you can still duck into the

elec­tric fence and get

high (wind

per­mit­ting

a pippi long­stock­ing en­sem­ble

pony­tails

point­ing down

so stiff the air’s ir­rel­e­vant

and i

trapped in ecru

be­hind the school

mo­tion sen­sor view

cast­ing frozen leaves

jump jump

stomp

gig­gling at the snap

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