billion animals feared dead in Australian wildfires,
- USA Today, January 8, 2020.
take off your clothes:
so take off your hair:
so take off your skin:
so take off your flesh:
so take off your voice:
so take off your eyes:
stand there in your bones that shabby shambling rack you’ve been dragging around
stand there in your calcium in your skeleton in the one thing that makes you the same as me
stand there in your stone in that which you've leached from the earth
stand there in your ivory in the one thing we share with every other living thing through every creature that has ever verted and will never brate again
stand there in this incontrovertible extinction
stand there and weep for what you have donethis is:
stand there and:
Raised in a mining town in the mountainous back-country of southeastern British Columbia, Paul Pearson now lives in Edmonton where he lives and writes with his wife and two children. He has worked as an arts administrator in the non-profit sector and spent nearly two decades with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts before making the jump to Municipal government administration in 2018.
Paul has been heavily involved in the literary arts community in Alberta for more than 20 years. He is the co-founding editor and chapbook designer for the Olive Reading Series and a current board member of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. His poems have appeared in Descant and Event, and the anthology Writing the Land: Alberta Through Its Poets from House of Blue Skies. His debut collection, Lunatic Engine, was published by Turnstone Press in the fall of 2020.
the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan