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Poems Unearthed From A Mining Town

by (author) Thomas Leduc

Latitude 46 Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Canadian, Places
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    Apr 2019
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Slagflowers is the story of a fourth generation son of miners and his journey beyond the world underground. It's the story on a city struggling to grow beyond its past and become more than just a mining city. It's the story of everyone's struggle to be more than their family history, more than their past. It's the story of breaking through the earth and into the light.

About the author

Thomas L. Leduc is the descendant of four generations of miners and works at an industrial supply company in Sudbury.His poetry and writing has been appeared in anthologies and magazines in Canada and the U.S. Tom was Poet Laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury between 2014 and 2016. He is President of the Sudbury Writers' Guild. He lives in Sudbury with his wife and two children.

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Excerpt: Slagflower: Poems Unearthed From A Mining Town (by (author) Thomas Leduc)


What I remember most

was the emptiness

nothing but black rock

and blue sky welded together

like the brushstrokes

of a Dali painting.

Surreal, disproportioned

and out of place.

I liked the way this oddity

stood out shiny and oversized

pushed to the outskirts of town

reflecting how I felt

on the edge of manhood.

My long hair, and brown

bell bottom cords

flapping in the wind

drumming out my future.

My eyes squinting

my mouth an open hole.

My hand struggling

to block the screaming glare.

I was an ant

in a desert of black rock

looking up at a silver flower.

A birthmark on the back

of a mining town.

The damn thing looked

as if it was a gift

from the god Pluto

like a piece of change

had slipped out of his fingers

rose through the cracks

of the earth and surfaced in

my backyard.

A Big Nickel

to pay the ferryman

and reveal to me

a way out of this underworld.

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