About the Author

Susan Alexander

Susan Alexander is the winner of the 2016 Short Grain poetry prize and the 2015 Vancouver Writers’ Festival Contest. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in SubTerrain, Arc, CV2, Grain, Room, The Antigonish Review, and PRISM international. She is a regular at Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane’s poetry retreats. For inspiration, Alexander writes from eclectic experiences — as a chambermaid, CBC Radio journalist, stay-at-home mother, waitress, lay preacher, and associate at a boutique investment firm, as well as from her family history and passions. She is an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets

Books by this Author
Nothing You Can Carry
Excerpt

“Hosanna”

 

Every flower

 

that opens is a hosanna

 

a prayer heard

 

that only needs

 

be answered

 

yes

 

 

 

prayer is not asking

 

not supplication

 

prayer is dwelling

 

in the rapture

 

common as weeds

 

swarming so close

 

upon us

 

 

 

beyond the fear of being

 

untethered

 

by wonder

 

you are carried

 

deep within

 

to the fuse

 

that made you

yes

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The Dance Floor Tilts
Excerpt

From “Grief”

 

That was the winter the tide rose
so high the house and cedars
went underwater. The little light left
was green. It was hard to move,
every step a push against sea water.
When I climbed into the car
to drive to higher ground
the steering wheel was gone,
an octopus in its place.
I couldn’t see out
the window for tentacles.

 

From “Moon Over Mathews Range, Kenya”

 

O in this life bless us with the camel’s foot and eye.
May we walk over the shifting surface of things
and not sink. The long lashes and that clear inner eyelid
to protect our sight yet let in light to see.

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