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  • Janice
  • September 20, 2011

Being published!

My poem “Gifts from absent parents” will be published in the Poetry Institute of Canada’s anthology Fire and  Ice in February 2012!  It has also made it on to the final judging round of their open poetry contest. This will be the first time I am published in a book.  Here is the poem again.

Gifts from absent parents

They brought us fruit.
Our parents –
separately
separated.
My sister and I tried
to eat the slate of mangos
imported
everyday.
But we forgot about
the sugar baby watermelon
on the side table
buried under completed and marked
grade 5 homework.
Little star stickers in the corners saying
Excellent!
Fantastic!
or
Good Effort!

The sugar baby
collapsed into itself.
Imploded on the side table.
Sweet rotten juice dripping
onto the dusty floor.

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