Poetry Submission by Kate Barton

Kate Barton, a first-time submitter who graduated from Trent University’s Gender and Women’s Studies program in 2011, has sent us a sharp, staccato poem that she describes as being about “yearning for true, fun, flirtatious, passionate moments that seem to be rather far and few between.” The tension arises mainly in the imagery: the comforts of domestic and rationality are pushed up against the excitement of passion and imagination. The rhythm is breathy and quick, matching the arousing tone of the poem, but as it comes to an end the tone starts to crumble away, the lines becoming only a single word. The attention is thus drawn to words and their construction, and thus rationality triumphs; the yearning are merely “visions of sparkling salt granules.” Make sure to give this piece a read!


I THINK IT WILL HAPPEN SOON

I swear I will
romance you
from the leaving the bar time to
when we are up against
the bookcase’s side

we will read of
our saltiness
of the integrity of
furniture, effects
of the economies of scale that
IKEA has applied
of the hope we will
collide perfectly
as MDF crumbles
and paper cascades…

it is withstanding our
hunt for
knowledge
for knowledge
recipes for simmering
heat on tongues
bubbling pots
for romance
for
knowledge

I have visions of sparkling salt granules.
we are
against the bookcase
now
that
we
left
the
bar

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