About the Author

William Robertson

William Robertson is a poet, university English instructor, freelance writer, reviewer, and broadcaster. He has published four collections of poems, the most recent of which is Just Living (2005), and a biography of a singer, k.d. lang: Carrying the Torch (1993). He has edited two collections of his Indian Teacher Education Program students’ creative writing, the most recent of which is Where I’m From: ITEP Creative Writing 2005-2013. He has also contributed chapters to books on fishing and on the literary history of Saskatchewan. He was born in Tokyo and has lived in various places in both Japan and Canada, including Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. He graduated from high school in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and went on to do a BA and an MA at the University of Saskatchewan. He was on the editorial board of the NeWest Review for ten years. He has also reviewed plays, books, and musical events for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, to which he has contributed since 1979, and for fifteen years reviewed plays and concerts for CBC Saskatchewan. He was also a regular panelist on the national CBC’s Talking Books program for all of its eleven-year tenure. He teaches English and creative writing in Saskatoon, did so in Prince Albert for twenty-two years at St. Peter’s College in Muenster, Saskatchewan, and at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon.

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“August’s Gravity”


Walking home in early evening
I see in unkind relief
dragonfly on pavement
stranded by season’s end
flopping helplessly


finger to its searching legs
it clings
so I can hold it upright
survivor from the times
of Tyrannosaurus
unable to last much
beyond the first frost
it attempts an escape
but cannot overcome
late August’s gravity


picking it up again
I cup it from the breeze
so this fierce navigator
of summer gardens
can endure the indignity
of my hot breath
the way home to my young son
who will shriek
try to hold it


sensing this final
it gathers up its memories
of midsummer air
rises on invisible wings
leaving me heavy and human
on the sidewalk
staring it to a speck
in the darkening blue

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