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Poetry Month: "Fear is a World"

April is National Poetry Month, and to mark the occasion we'll be sharing some of our favourite poems from collections we've published over the years. Today's poem is "Fear is a World" by Stevie Howell from the collection [Sharps].

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"Fear is a World"
by Stevie Howell

It’s always possible your greatest fears will unfold.
To hold probability closer than hope is our goal.
Fear is a world, and the world is foreclosed.

He will leave you as soon as the baby is born.
Or meet a brunette who wants the baby this fall.
To hold probability closer than hope is our goal.

Yes, a killer can procure a FedEx uniform.
You can’t live in this world without opening a door.
Or meeting a brunette who wants the baby this fall. 

A toilet seat could be wet with flesh-eating Zep.
A cobra can uncoil in the shadowed bowl.
You can’t live in this world without opening a door. 

A door opening inward might snap your wrist.
In ER, a tumour could be mistaken for a sebaceous cyst.
A cobra can uncoil in a shadowed bowl. 

What feels like intuition is a faulty switch.
It’s always possible your greatest fears will unfold.
In ER, a tumour could be mistaken for a sebaceous cyst.
Fear is a world, and the world is foreclosed.


Grab your own copy of [Sharps] by Stevie Howell here, or check out the rest of our poetry collection here.

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