Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

PoCops Rule the Streets of Victoria

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I am not a big fan of the police. "Just give them a wide berth" I advise the millions of young people influenced by my opinions.

A few years ago, I witnessed the tasering of a homeless person. He was lying on the pavement, hands behind his back, and three cops were kicking and beating him. Two more came and tasered him twice.

"Whoah!" I said in my pinkest, femmiest voice. "Do you think you might be over-doing it, boys."

Maybe they didn't like being called "Boys!" One of them lunged at me, screaming. "Get out of here, Bitch, or I 'll hit your head off."

Not having the martial arts skills of my sixteen year old granddaughter ( called capitaine, killer and ballbreaker at Capoiera)I backed off, but I did later file a complaint with the watch commander,


I no longer give to cop charities or write poems for their functions.

Needless to say, I was horrified when my TEAM POETRY was assigned adjunct cops at Raise A Reader.

Shite. I imagined citations for every move necessary to accosting strangers on the street and relieving them of their money.

Grumble grumble. As the morning ground on, I noticed one of the cops was a total babe magnet, every chick on the street becoming a virtual money tree.

The Chief of police actually shook down a tour bus.

I still don't love cops, but I like them better than I did.

Team Poetry made top dollar and we went way over the top with a generous literacy donation from a ninety-three year old poet...... PK Page. I have had my differences with PK over the years. Nothing like the cops, but differences. However, when it comes to matters of substance rather than style, PK and I are always on the same page.

The kids who deserve to read are better for it.

Yes to Team Poetry!

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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).

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