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Poetry Friday: "The Refrigerator" by Sue Sinclair

We don't pay enough attention to our appliances. Their thoughts, their feelings. We take them for granted, and when they break down, we cast them aside like...well, like broken appliances, really.

Today, that attitude ends! 

This Poetry Friday, please settle back and enjoy New Brunswick poet Sue Sinclair's strange and original "The Refrigerator" (from Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada).

Then give your nearest appliance a hug.

The Refrigerator

It's life is longerYe Olde Fridge
than you ever guessed;
it has travelled further
from what it knows. At night
it looks through the window
to its distant
relatives, the stars. They hum
to one another. Discuss
concepts of time
we don't understand.

When you come home
in the afternoon, it listens
to your troubles, the celibate
friend to whom you confide
everything, steadfast, the eternal
roommate whose sexless,
guileless life is comfort.

You never know how it longs
for intelligent conversation,
can't wait for you
to sleep so it can think
of something besides the lemon
hardening at the bottom
of the crisper. But it has learned

With a certain grace, a swimmer
waiting for the plunge. Solid,
rectangular, it faces the world
without regrets. It keeps
to itself, won't sleep
on the end of your bed,
but it watches. Reliable,
dependable. The habits
of an introvert: it knows when
to turn itself on and off.

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Remembering Mary Pratt

Eggs in an Egg Crate, Glassy Apples, This is Donna, Eviscerated Chickens, Jelly Shelf — these paintings by Mary Pratt are etched in our national psyche. Her iconic images elevated the mundane to the monumental. There is luminescence – everywhere there is light, spilling over, out of, and into the work. And there is Pratt’s own off-kilter aesthetic that sometimes put the viewer on edge.

Mary Pratt’s journey through this life illuminated the quotidian, the everyday, and the familiar. Her minute readings of everyday moments, her desire to slow life down, her ability to capture a moment of truth, were transformed into works of extraordinary beauty and colour. 


Mary Pratt 
March 15, 1935 – August 14, 2018

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Poetry Friday: "Where I Come From" by Elizabeth Brewster

Happy belated New Brunswick Day!

Yes, belated. The day was celebrated proper in these here parts on Monday, August 6, so this post is four days late. Yet Poetry Friday always falls on a Friday, so never the twain shall meet. You can't argue against the laws of time and space and provincial holidays.

Anyways, let us celebrate, however late, our lovely landscape with the work of New Brunswick poet Elizabeth Brewster and her poem "Where I Come From" (from Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada).

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Summer Reading! with Genevieve Scott

To celebrate the summer of 2018, we are pleased to present an ongoing series of reading recommendations/reminiscences by Goose Lane authors past and present.
Today: Genevieve Scott (Catch My Drift)
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Poetry Friday: "Departures" by M. Travis Lane

Summertime is traditionally a time devoted to vacations, and travel. Sometimes to distant lands, sometimes down the street for a barbecue.

But what if you're having a "staycation" this year. How will you travel? Through the magic offered every Poetry Friday, of course.

And so we embark upon a new poetic vacation to take our minds to places new and strange, led by our intrepid guide M. Travis Lane and her poem "Departures" (from Reckonings).

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