Biography of the Gangster Uncle

by Stephen Brockwell

Stephen Brockwell is an Ottawa poet and entrepreneur. His sixth book, All of Us Reticent, Here, Together, will be published by Mansfield Press in 2016.

 

Your Montreal Pool Room combat lesson:
“You have a good spear if you have a straight cue.
Here, grab it palms down, thumbs up and learn to
twist and thrust it in a single motion.

Boom! You’ve pierced a lung or bruised an organ.”
Days before my mother died, she said you
buried a jar of cash behind the plough
and emptied a locker full of weapons

in the pond before mechanic cancer
let your bookend brother and sister
cremate your remains in a canvas casket.

“Word gets round, they’ll wonder where the cash is,”
a friend warned me, “Don’t write about it.”
Bring it. I have a cue and jar of ashes.

 


Stephen Brockwell is an Ottawa poet and entrepreneur. His sixth book, All of Us Reticent, Here, Together, will be published by Mansfield Press in 2016.

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