God Is a New Anchor Dipped into the Sea

by Margo LaPierre

Margo LaPierre is a Canadian editor and author of Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes (Guernica Editions, 2017). She is newsletter editor of Arc Poetry Magazine,  membership chair of Editors Ottawa-Gatineau, and a member of the poetry collective VII. She won the 2020 subTerrain Lush Triumphant Award for Fiction. Her work has been published in the /temz/ Review, Room Magazine, Arc Poetry Magazine, filling Station, CAROUSEL, PRISM International, carte blanche and others.

I was surrounded by good things,
curtains of wake: do gods

abide barnacles
afraid of immensity

I couldnt get my bearings
until I touched bottom, self-sabotaged

newly sucking their iron
god-mother, suckling

shine in the slip of water?—a god
is a dipped thing,

but the bottom
rang my bones;

I saw shapes in my pain
tethered to cloud.

it need not be a straight course
I lifted               when I was ready to feel weight,

ho! to be faithful.
powerful hook:

is this aching, exuberant steel
the eye of the world?

         


Margo LaPierre is a Canadian editor and author of Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes (Guernica Editions, 2017). She is newsletter editor of Arc Poetry Magazine,  membership chair of Editors Ottawa-Gatineau, and a member of the poetry collective VII. She won the 2020 subTerrain Lush Triumphant Award for Fiction. Her work has been published in the /temz/ Review, Room Magazine, Arc Poetry Magazine, filling Station, CAROUSEL, PRISM International, carte blanche and others.

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