Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

POEM FOR THE SEASON

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DROPPING THE PENNIES

He’s been saving forever. Every time

he bends over to rescue one, he looks up

expecting the stars to open their mouths

and sing. Tonight he can see his breath;

his pockets are full, and seagulls backlit

by fairy lights drop hopeful cargo from

the sky. The bright pearl at the entrance

to Chinatown freezes and stops in its

tracks, fixing its gaze on a woman wearing

the scent of gingerbread. She is following

a man carrying a tree that smells like

the ancient pine forests of Smyrna.

Everyone's following their noses to Jerusalem;

and no one on the street will go hungry tonight.

He gets the message, a flourish of warm

air passing through brass instruments.

He puts his hand in his pocket, touches

the demented voices of copper ladies

with diamonds in their hair. Soon he will

pass them out, and, even if they land in

the silence of snow, some people will

hear them and their luck will change.

1 comment

Beautiful poem.

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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).

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