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Listening
~ a poem by Susan McCaslin

       Impossible to hold such vast forerunners in mind
                                   All those unnameable names

          wild roses and black-tailed deer flickering across slopes
                                   where late-coming bipeds excavate

          while some dream of lingering in lichen crevasses
                                   withdrawing from wordy alertness

           letting the mountain again become stone music
                                   in the heart
                                                 where the listening falls


                                                            Susan McCaslin

Susan McCaslin has published thirteen volumes of poetry.  Her next, Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne, is forthcoming from Quattro Books in Oct. 2016.  Previous volumes include The Disarmed Heart (The St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2014) and Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2011).  The latter was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award and first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award. Susan has also published a memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna Publications, 2014).  A lover of poetry, visual art, trees, mountains and the sea, she divides her time between Victoria and Fort Langley, BC. §

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Read this column in Dialogue, the Summer 2016 Edition (at issuu, p.28)


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"The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the 'sanctity' of human life, or the 'conscience' of the civilized world." - James Baldwin, Source: page 489 of COLLECTED ESSAYS (1998), from chapter one of "The Devil Finds Work" (orig. pub. 1976)

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