Claudia Coutu Radmore
what the body feels being every bit as significant as what the mind thinks and inextricably intertwined nevertheless since time is an illusion and lunch time doubly so when you start by saying it was the day my grandmother exploded it’s not beyond belief that the milky way harbours celestial objects that accelerate particles of at least a million billion electron volts and though predictably some may be jumping over the moon other cows are natural pessimists just check the baboon spider atlas it’s effortless thinking; what the body feels every bit as significant savour the leafy shade of life boulevard take time to watch mind surfers floating carelessly along two feet above the waves register the possibility of exploding air forming seas on alien planets oh that it may rain diamonds but be aware that with some six to nine metres of displacement the San Andreas fault is long overdue for a huge quake still when you know chilled molecules can store your whole life’s experience in a half inch cube and the effect that quantum computers have on the blockchain of cryptocurrencies do you need to prove who you are the air between us poignantly turbid as we create each other through relationships what the body feels so significant and inextricably intertwined with what the mind thinks like what are birds for what is flying for what is lying for what is dying for still those skilled storage bits the door inside the heart of gold thanks you for making a simple door very happy
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
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Claudia Coutu Radmore’s a moment or two/ without remembering and Your Hands Discover Me/ Tes mains me découvrent, were followed by Accidentals, which won Canada’s bpNichol Chapbook Award in 2011. Often working in Japanese forms, the business of isness, a haiku collection, and fish spine picked clean, a tanka collection, were published by Ottawa’s Éditions des petits nuages in March, 2018. Her work has been published often in Canadian poetry journals. The chapbook, On Fogo was published by Alfred Gustav Press, Vancouver, summer 2018. She is the President of Haiku Canada. See her recent my (small press) writing day entry here.
[Claudia Coutu Radmore launches camera obscura in Ottawa as part of the short forms showcase at this year's VERSeFest, alongside Cameron Anstee, Mike Montreuil and Lenard Moore on March 31, 2019]
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