Poetry Submission by Laura Pallen

Fourth year English student Laura Pallen from Ryerson University has sent us this quick read about short-term dating. Its attention to texture and measurement gives this piece a depth that is both material and metaphorical, the fine line between the two swirling together in “the fluid truth.” The play on words further plays with the senses as the words take on sounds and meanings that reach beyond the surface, the appearance becoming simultaneously scrutinized and unstable.

A Dicto Secundum

The sponge of yellowed bones
contracts an aching tea,
cored marrow settles us
as we ever were.

Chalked up
before certainty was unloaded,
and polished
in concrete.

Ruled bodies, rude bodies,
emancipate muscular striations.
Triceps unworthy of lines
will flex regardless.

Swarm to secrecy:
The fluid truth
of combing your hair
in the afternoon.

Quid ad dictum


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