Two Poems

by Nicole Chin

Nicole Chin is the author of the House of Anansi Press Digital Short, Shooting the Bitch, which received the McIllquham Foundation Prize for best original short story. Her work has appeared in Joyland Magazine, Found Press, The Puritan, and others. She has been long-listed for the House of Anansi Broken Social Scene Short Story Contest and is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph.

lightness

I’d imagine
the northern hemisphere
is bleeding
that there are stones in the sky
unwinding into light
no touch, no tear

I am a quarter of what
I wish I was
and the rest is what I am

start the thread
of my beginnings
my own unfurling
did you know darkness
the passing cloud inside you
beauty
down on the bottom of a well
in the cave of a mountain call
there, listen
it was only a something
a part more than its parts
I believed

was there a part of me
I lost in trying
spanning beyond the outside
of what is given

gather
I am the touch of moss
brittle leaves, forgotten fall
I am the hair against my shoulders
my bitter tongue collapsing
the hazard of a canyon
a diver’s breath

I’d imagine
that the infinite sky is within me too
my blood
dusted with stars
brilliant light
apothecary
sun sticking to my lips


fissure

bloodlet what was
space
breath of air
comma shifting
foothill turned

we are made
of echoes
large chasms in the heart
where the blood won’t go
but still it sings


Nicole Chin is the author of the House of Anansi Press Digital Short, Shooting the Bitch, which received the McIllquham Foundation Prize for best original short story. Her work has appeared in Joyland Magazine, Found Press, The Puritan, and others. She has been long-listed for the House of Anansi Broken Social Scene Short Story Contest and is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph.

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