Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Going Up/ Poem for the Mayor and City Council of Victoria

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Going Up

The curtain’s going up, so let’s
talk about point of view. There
are angels with bird’s eye vision,
everything beneath as gentle and
rolling as quilts sewn by loving
hands. Then there are those who
lie down in the earth and look up.

This is not a good angle. Every
photographer knows not to shoot
women over forty from below. We
live north of forty, on an island,
in a city carved axe, adze and
saw, out of the ancient Rainforest,
the way the Songhees People
made their feast bowls large
enough to feed a whole village.

The best place to watch is from
the highest branches in trees. It
could be flowering cherries from
Morioka, our sister city. It could
be fir, the home of eagles, or the
majestic cedars in Beacon Hill
Park, or monkey trees, their wood
cherished for the jet set in jewelry
Victorian ladies wore for mourning.

Children will pinch and wish as
they drive by. There is so much
to hope for. It’s our job to see
everything, to point to the beauty
and ruin around us. We are not
afraid. Whatever falls from the sky
will feed us, and we won’t come
down until no one is hungry.

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Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers is the author of the novels Say My Name (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), Friday Water (Cormorant Books, 2003) and The Empress Letters (Cormorant Books, 2007). She has also published several collections of poetry, including Love in the Rainforest (Exile Editions, 1996), Heaven Cake (Sono Nis Press, 1997), The Saning (Sono Nis Press, 1999) and The Bursting Test (Guernica Editions, 2002).

Go to Linda Rogers’s Author Page