at risk or at least?

by | Apr 8, 2014 | Poetry

sloping from the TransCanada:


a road crew to repair the prairie rain that slid the hill down the sidewalk


three riders on one wheelchair, chasing cross-traffic


a pedestrian bridge where kids leap up, just as the cars pass beneath


used spiderman webs, dangling from rescue trees


wading pool asthma


and three blackbirds, pecking at peanut shells beside the hot yoga shala



could tomorrow pack in murderball and taxes, a porch sonata and processed wedding speeches, emails to two Karls, and leg passports?


when didn’t hot-and-bothered last all night?


but how much ink on paper defines a thorough edit?


A Voice, then a Crow.


friends fly east, west, and north. I sit facing south, in the shade, late in the evening, on a flat piece of cement, dying for loopholes


and when tomorrow isn’t what the early-bird brings?




Photo By: nayee*

About The Author

Nicole Markotić

Nicole Markotić is a poet, novelist, and critic. Her seven books include three of poetry: Connect the Dots and Minotaurs & Other Alphabets (Wolsak & Wynn), and Bent at the Spine (BookThug), two novels: Yellow Pages (Red Deer Press) and Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot (Arsenal Press), an edited collection of poetry by Dennis Cooley: By Word of Mouth (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), and a co-edited (with Sally Chivers) anthology of essays concerning representations of disability, The Problem Body: Projecting Disability on Film (Ohio State UP). As well, she has numerous publications in literary journals in Canada, the USA, Australia, and Europe. She edits the chapbook series, Wrinkle Press, and has worked as a book editor for various presses, recently joining the NeWest literary board as one of its fiction editors. Nicole Markotić is Professor of English Literature, Creative Writing, and Disability Studies at the University of Windsor, is currently editing a collection of essays (Guernica) on Robert Kroetsch, and working on a new poetry book.