Monday, September 18, 2023

new from above/ground press: How to, by Heather Cadsby

How to
Heather Cadsby

How to look at a broken fountain

You see water running down the driveway. Somewhere a source gets turned off and a man in a plaid scarf tut tuts some kids who run away. You look at plaid. It could be someone’s clan. It looks like Dress Gordon. Can it be a fountain wrap? It’s a waste of time to ask. No one knows what is wrong. A girl in a plaid skirt says Huh and heads on to school. You look at a broken fountain. It has never really worked yet.

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
September 2023
as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anniversary
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Heather Cadsby
is the author of five books of poetry. The most recent is titled Standing in the Flock of Connections (Brick Books).

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