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“O for a Muse of fire,
that would ascend
The brightest heaven
of invention,
A kingdom for a
stage, princes to act
And monarchs to
behold the swelling
-Willam Shakespeare
King Henry V

From The Dark Heart

Gears chirp and chatter. Factory system shares
space with antique pistols, throwing knives, dunk tank.
A pulp mill compacts Elysian paper quality
into three stages: first, workers drain stock into
the Phong River, second, flows as frozen glass,
as sand rubs away a roll press. Plural of ‘fray’.
Feet into pulp for trees into pulp for space. Third,
poverty; participle; zero effluent. China syndrome
a couple of typos. Collar on line two. Songs
on homemade instruments. Dark room where
photos develop raw colour. Poem cooks suspense
in a couple typos. Arrow points at product; to craft
instead of buy, raft instead of fly; to wait in line.

Democracy is as simple as a turn of phrase, dialogic,
right. Flicker in word-like LCD. Trees hide millionaires.
A renaissance fair; Tudor; weekday skivvies;
bowler hats; Zoloft; wicker chair; Oscar Wilde;
Calgary Sun; neoconhood; Robin Hood; dialing
for dollars; New Years Baby; Lotto 6-49;
Die Hard; Hamlet; Pokemon; Sistine Chapel; front yard.

2006 Calgary International Spoken Word Society