Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday poem #103 : Stephen Cain : Poem for CUPE

Streaming across the eyes
Will the circle be unbroken
Still solidarity in saying
Shame, strength, security

Cold coffee, wet boot
Less cries to Camaros
Barricades barcodes & bargaining
Busted by bourgeois belittlement

An index of action
To tuition, tenure, senators of sinecure
This is your time
Adversity, disparity, precarity

And this is the creation of communitas
You will never forget the smell of the fire barrel

Stephen Cain is the author of five books of poetry, including American Standard/ Canada Dry (Coach House) and I Can Say Interpellation (Bookthug). He recently edited bp: beginnings (Bookthug), a collection of bpNichol’s early long poems, and he is currently an Associate Professor of English at York University where he teaches avant-garde and Canadian literature. From 1995-2002 he was a member of CUPE 3903 and he was on the picket lines during the strike of 2000-2001.

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan

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