Late Capitalist Sublime by Ryan Kamstra

By Ryan Kamstra

This assortment marks the debut of Ryan Kamstra, inheritor obvious to the dissenting culture in Canadian poetry. Thematically echoing openly political poets comparable to Milton Acorn, F R Scott and Dorothy Livesay, Kamstra's streetwise poetry bears witness to a superficial international, that's relieved in basic terms by means of the occasional glimmer of a resilient human spirit. From the austere archipelagos of glass and metal within the towns' downtown cores -- these locations the place wealth is made, hoarded and misplaced -- to the main inner most and dirty environments, Kamstra's poetry stakes out, and infrequently raids, either the locations we suppose so much cozy and the locations we worry to tread. He boldly spies on either the powerbrokers and the powerless on the way to report to us on what continues to be of our humanity during this time of past due capitalism.

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All fall down, for their language & their jagged creepy ideal. No one discovers injustice for the first time. Carefully, quietly. Leave behind all you need to keep. Heaven come down. We're in it deep. So I lay myself bare before the aggressors & contenders. Our intricate warfare of disavowal, doomed love, oblivion & the wish, So far clear cruising. Come & get me. 1 look good. 59 This page intentionally left blank 4. S. This page intentionally left blank b&ROQUE SEQUENCE: aN eVENT iH zEAL tIME & we were fearless that day, being far from the sick people who loved us up the pink-gray marble staircase my one hand tracing the railing as it turned a final spiral top floor, museum of civilization you holding my other hand, bounding ahead a cafeteria there maze of receding glass panels soft lighting on the steam of stir-fries & a waiter led us through a system of low brick dividers a network of thin tube sprinklers raining mist on the broadleafed tropical plants ghost faces turning to us turning from their lunches their conversations spoken like a tidy portfolio turning to us us so quiet our waiter seating us the only people on that side where we took off our coats boots, wet socks, sweaters, undershirt, bras body adornments, watches & our waiter brought us menus.

Did the broken jaw of the angel sip your boyhood in a lukewarm bath? Teach you to pierce your cock's sparrow song through with the violent mirror of a needle? Leaving a shattered ballerina fighting silent planes & war stranded between red brick pink condo, cracked sidewalk collect local call for privacy or for mercy until he couldn't hide his own body anymore. 53 eCLIPSED: a cITYSCAPE IN ICONS The church warehouse is blowing with dark orange hay. Under an overturned Mac truck the guitarist, clowned hero & a fruit vendor pass the warm halo of a crack pipe.

The pigs move in. Snout around the roots. Establish themselves as founder pigs. The piglets can tell you all you need to know about pigs. The frogs chirp on the bone trees. The pigs tunnel under roots & set up counters at the entrances. The bone trees are surrounded. They charge admission at those counters. The frogs chirp on the bone trees. The pigs enjoy the finer things. Cream puffs, truffles, a violent slab of pork. All food moves through those tunnels. They charge admission at those counters.

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