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Jaime Lee Kirtz

Jaime Lee Kirtz is a MA Candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at Concordia University. Originally from Vancouver, she has attended SFU's Writers Studio as well as obtaining both a BA and BSc from UBC and UofT. She has been published by magazines such as Poetry is Dead and Steel Bananas as well as being included in anthologies Headlight, The Enpipe Line, Emerge 2011 and by the Poetry Institute of Canada. She has forthcoming work in Matrix and Lemonhound.

 

 

Amazon Swan Song (Downtown)

 

Autobiographies of cities

Writing on glass and enclave

 

The root and socket-

Loosening grains and brains

 

Muffled chairs- wooden expressions of neurosis;

Matter around ankles

 

I’m the patterns on your eyelet dress; stuck-

Have you ever loved a zipper?

 

Redirection- time,

between commonly accepted zones

 

Less than the dead rat

Crumbling into the garden floor

 

I’d let Amazon order my meals and thoughts,

My hands are useless already

 

Mixing barbiturates and liquor leaves love alone; headless-

You’ve never been one to wait

 

 

Home Reno (Queen Anne)

The weatherman says rain. A broken table. We never heard. The door is falling against the lock. The lock is lacking a hinge. The weatherman says rain. A broken table. Use duct tape to cover mouse holes. Wait for them to empty. A broken table. The door is falling against the lock. Lock the boxes in the attic away from the moths. These moths they eat our books. We never heard. We never heard the wings beat words. We never heard the rain collecting in the attic. The weatherman says rain. The outside is in. This is Foucault you say. The leaky faucet echoes the storm. Pathetic fallacy you say. The weatherman says rain. The door is falling against the lock. Lock the door so that someone knows we’re here. This is Barthes you say. We never heard. The gutters fill. A broken table. The weatherman says rain. Fill the holes with poison. Don’t let the moths multiply. They hinge on books. Wings open like hinges. We never heard. A broke table. This is Bakhtin you say. The polyphony of mice. They eat our thoughts. The duct tape is only temporary. The door is falling against the lock. The lock only serves as ornament. The barrier is dialectical. A broken table. The rain is ephemeral. The weatherman says rain. Wait for the mice to leave. The meaning has locked the page. The mice have eaten our thoughts. The moths have eaten our books. We never heard. We never heard the water. We never heard the door or the table. The door is falling against the lock. The weatherman says rain. 

 

 

 

Redwood (Microsoft Fremont)

 

 Input

 

public class Trees

{

            private static Growth;

            public static void main (String args [ ]) { sapling = new Trees(); sapling.init();}

            public void init ()

            {

                        File treeFile = sapling File

                        (“C:/Users/Public/tree.cmd");

                        treeFile.createsaplingFile ();

                        treeFile.deleteonForestry();

                       

                        set Contents (treeFile, sapling.getText());

// sapling.getText consists of water, light and soil

                        string cmd = "cmd /c start growth" + treeFile.Years ();

                        Process growth = sapling.getYears(). exec (cmd);

                        int exitVal = growth.Age ();

                        refreshAction Performed (evt);

                        }

 

            catch (AnimalsHumansException)

                        {

                        Logger.getLogger

                        (main Frame class. getTree()).log

                        (Level.Height, null, ex);

// Keep count of trees

                        }

 

            system.out.println ("tree type" + treeFile.create sapling File ("branches.twigs.leaves.path")

}

 

 

 

Output

Sapling sapling sapling "Western Hemlock sapling sapling sapling sapling Douglas Fir sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Western Red Cedar sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Sitka Spruce sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Ponderosa Pine sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Pacific Yew sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Red Alder sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Pacific Madrone sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling saplingsapling sapling saplingsapling sapling sapling Hackleberry sapling sapling saplingsapling sapling saplingsapling sapling saplingsapling sapling sapling   sapling Quacking Aspen sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Black Cottonwood sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling saplingsapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Pacific Dog Wood sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Western White Pine sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Lodgepole Pine sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Big Leaf Maple sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Rocky Mountain Juniper sapling sapling saplingsapling sapling Alaska Cedar  sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling  sapling sapling sapling Noble Fir sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Cascara sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Subalpine Fir sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Subalpine Larch sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Engelmann Spruce sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Whitebark Pine sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Willow sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Oregon White Oak  sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Pacific Silver Fir sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Mountain Hemlock sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling sapling Oregon Ash

 

 

 

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                                                                                                          August 22, 2013