From the Archive: Ben Ladouceur (CAROUSEL 36)

Staff/ December 8, 2020/ Poem


461 Margueretta Street

There’s the house there’s the way into the house.
Hot head blood a difficult decision being responded to.
We are hurting men we house and cause great woe.
The moss growing by one millimetre every warm year.
Harder to tell when you’re away plus I care less too.
Inert things proceed no regard for human assent.
God will not fail to take such a martyrdom into account.
You create a fluid place it inside me leave it there.
The dreams mean that we will love one another.
Come back though good God I am sick with all sorts.

Ben Ladouceur’s second collection of poetry, Mad Long Emotion (Coach House Books, 2019) was selected as a CBC Book of the Year and awarded the Archibald Lampman Prize. His first collection, Otter (Coach House Books, 2015), was selected as a best book of 2015 by the National Post, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, and awarded the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best debut collection in Canada. In 2018, he received the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for emerging LGBT writers; in 2019, he was awarded the 2019 National Magazine Award for Poetry, and his short fiction was featured in the Journey Prize Anthology and awarded the Thomas Morton Prize. More:

461 Margeuretta Street
appeared in CAROUSEL 36 (2016) — buy it here

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