Poetry submission by Cam MacDonald

Continuist editor Cam Macdonald is a first year English student at Ryerson U. We love his newest poem, which he’s been kind enough to share with us! Read “As Routinism” below.


fiddling around with laminated business cards
under this pinstriped suit
while the kid in the back of the streetcar
chokes on a tutti-frutti ring pop;
a wedding band drooping
like a chandelier in that expensive hotel
streaking green lights and pigeons
stuck in the window frames
the caws of crossing signals and preachers
suffocating children with Deuteronomy;
and the looseleaf flyers for Saint Lucia in alleyways
like those trousers in the ascending elevator
crashing with her peach perfume
is a cologne of rat shit
and it’s 5:18 now, strangled
by the second hand –
the grooves in this stop sign
like the face of a spouse.
“I’ll start taking the subway.”

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