Monday, June 25, 2007

Poem from Shane Rhodes

To Elizabeth Bishop

Here is a coast. Here is a harbour.
Here is beach sand. Here is owned land.
Here is an economist. Here is a fine mist.
Here is a dock. Here is a flock of birds.
Here is a trade. Here is a woman in labour.
Here is trade. Here is a woman’s labour.
Here is a border zone. Here is a pay phone.
Here is free trade. Here is a man getting paid.
Here is a market place. Here is its church.
Here is its steeple. Here is nada para amor.
Here is a calle. Here is a detalle.
Here is a mercado. Here is a SuperMercado.
Here is a Zapatista. Here is a Pípila.
Here is a revolucionario. Here is a federalista.
Here is a trabajador. Here is your zapato.
Here is 200 murdered women.
Here is a fábrica. Here is some maquillaje.
Here is a turista. Here is an assembly line.
Here is an assembled line. Here is the blazing divine.
Here is a smokestack. Here is a wire rack.
Here is product X purchased at £100.
Here is a statue to commemorate. Here is a statute to commiserate.
Here is the policía. Here is the beautiful song.
Here is the beautiful song. Here is the beautiful song.
Here is a room. Here is a man sitting.
Here is his hammock. Here is his beach sand.
Here is his coast. Here is his harbour.

from The Bindery, NeWest Press, March 2007.

A new book from Shane Rhodes! The Hound was a big fan of his two previous books, The Wireless Room (2000, NeWest Press), which won the Alberta Book Award for poetry, and Holding Pattern (2002, NeWest Press), which won the Archibald Lampman Award. There was also a gorgeous chapbook from Jason Dewinetz over at Greenboathouse. I haven't seen The Bindery yet, but I'm very curious to see where Rhodes is heading next. His work is erotic, lyrical, and playful. He reminds me of Robert Kroetsch a little and I would love to see him go long.

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