Geomantic riposte: 'Kerosene'
Recipient of the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Jamella Hagen grew up in Hazelton, BC and has lived in Vancouver, Brazil and South Korea. Her award-winning poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies across Canada. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a former editor of PRISM international. Hagen teaches at Yukon College and makes her home in Whitehorse, where she is an active member of the Whitehorse Poetry Society. Her first book of poems, Kerosene, exhibits a sharp lyric sensibility and attention to detail that moves the reader through the rural interior of British Columbia and far beyond.
Kerosene by Jamella Hagen (Nightwood Editions, 2011, Page 67)
This hotel room. This porcelain
and plastic, this painted sailboat
and singed grey sea. The way notions
of home overlap each other,
like fine layers of shale. If you crack
the whole thing with a hammer,
the pieces come loose
in your hands.
Geomantic Riposte: Pieces
The stranger is still staring
at the ceiling Marvelous, moved
piece by piece, all of this It is
cold and bright and peaceful
where you are not because one
really gets used to seeing no one
no one interrupting those anxious
screaming pieces moving
them about after