Spatula

by Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the recipient of the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2016 National Magazine Award for poetry. Her writing has recently appeared in Canadian Literaturefilling Station, and subTerrain. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press 2017). On June 1, 2017 she will guide a reading group for Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and she urges you to join; follow @infinitejestyvr on Twitter for updates. She lives on unceded Coast Salish land where she works as the poetry editor at Prism international magazine.

 

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Spatula in space

Burned up in the atmosphere

A sleet of fast-moving stuff

A piece of space debris

Twenty minutes and forty-five seconds away

Monitor the approach

The stuff that we can’t see will miss us

Guided safely into the ocean

Some will end up on land

It is normal to cry when looking up

A sense of being overwhelmed

Antennas waggling not in the wind

A signal too weak to be seen

 


Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the recipient of the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2016 National Magazine Award for poetry. Her writing has recently appeared in Canadian Literaturefilling Station, and subTerrain. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press 2017). On June 1, 2017 she will guide a reading group for Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and she urges you to join; follow @infinitejestyvr on Twitter for updates. She lives on unceded Coast Salish land where she works as the poetry editor at Prism international magazine.

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