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the poetry that matters

Edward Kanerva

Edward Kanerva was born and currently lives in Burlington, ON. He studied English Literature at U of T and recently completed a MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts at Brock University. His major thesis focused on the interdisciplinary poetics of Christian Bök and Robert Smithson. At U of T he was published in the anthology Breathing Thoughts; at Brock he was published in the anthology The General.

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Steps to Improve Your Business Acumen

 

1.        

Balance an egg on the tip of your spoon.

Swiftly remove its contents, ensuring that

All precautions have been taken and

Taken away.

 

2.

Desperately try to improve your

Reserved and stoic nature. Make a

Tourniquet of your tie to improve your

Rosy pallor.

 

3.

Demand intense mental activity.

Replace the blind spots with bleached paper and

White. Become a marginalized prophet:

Acquire men.

 

 

 

a ’’pataphysical prayer

homage to Christian Bök

 

 

 

 

 

To look is to be looked at

 

Fluorescence mapping peels and penetrates

a wall of sharp colour

to reveal a gaze that has always been.

 

A mask of directionless motion, a hirsute screen

to hide a pariah.

With hackles raised she remains hidden.

 

Hid in a sedimentary layer until

a forceful excavation

removed her pasture panoply.

 

The bride stripped of her vertiginous

veil. Her earthen gape,

her carved countenance, a fossil.

 

 

 

 

 

a geometric translation of three of Donne’s “Holy Sonnets”

 

 

 

  

freedom is a ripe pest

Homage to Jasper Johns.

 

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