Shall: Ghazals

A Vancouver poet shifts the traditional, compact Persian form, capturing emotions such as restlessness and regret while creating West Coast portals to locations as diverse as the beach (“Crushed oyster shells by the grey-shingled shack./ One heron. Always only one), after hours clubs and alleyways (“In the wake of the garbage truck, rats/ and starlings survive”).

by Catherine Owen, $17, 79 pgs, wolsakandwynn.ca


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