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.

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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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