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by Spenser Smith

Spenser Smith is a Regina-born writer, editor, and photographer working towards a Creative Writing and Journalism BA at Vancouver Island University. His work has been featured in The Maynard, (parenthetical), The Quilliad, text, Potluck Mag, and elsewhere. He has been the recipient of the Pat Bevan Scholarship in Creative Writing, and the Barry Broadfoot Award for Journalism/Creative Non-Fiction, and was the winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize in Poetry.

I am drunk off Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi.
Fizz seethes past incisors and tongue.

Count this carbonated burp        *burp*
as a Prayer for Paris.

“It’s the thought that counts!”
“It’s the thought that counts!”

Where’s the skin, the cartilage.
Where’s the investment of blood vessels.

Show me a MacBook circuit board,
fried and burnt from decent, salty sweat.

Body thinking, body moving, body doing,
body ripping out the goddamn ‘enter’ key.

Pick a bone, any bone, to pick:

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Do-good Facebook statuses with 108 likes
and an engagement metric of fuck you.

Poetry on the beauty of writing poetry.
Millennial think-pieces.

Profile pic activism.
Lobster font.

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Consider: there are more stars in the universe
than granules of sand on Earth.

Please, draw a line in antiproverbial sand.
Upturn galaxies. Spin granules into quasars.

Only a witch can save us.
Only a black Massachusetts night.

Conjure an army of ghosts
with double the backbone of Atticus Finch.

Translucent arms incapable
of patting themselves on the back.

 


Spenser Smith is a Regina-born writer, editor, and photographer working towards a Creative Writing and Journalism BA at Vancouver Island University. His work has been featured in The Maynard, (parenthetical), The Quilliad, text, Potluck Mag, and elsewhere. He has been the recipient of the Pat Bevan Scholarship in Creative Writing, and the Barry Broadfoot Award for Journalism/Creative Non-Fiction, and was the winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize in Poetry.

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