Two Toronto Poets ~ A Three Day Series. Part 3: Two Rengas – A Collaboration by Maureen Hynes and Jaclyn Piudik

Hiemal, within

piano notes flurry upstairs
into my study
argue with falling snow

my wall, a Havana skyscape
in another’s winter

firestorms abroad—wisps
of eucalypt smoke on TV
catch in my lungs

the radiator’s hiss: a reminder
of cool currents

hiemal: from the Latin, hiem/s, f. winter ; of or relating to winter, wintry.

These Hands

mapping this world outside
our thresholds, door jambs,
the veins of ordered things

step out beyond the frame
unlock myself into raw sleet

an icen image, I use
these hands to navigate
the city’s grace

what tearing can love repair,
my eyes ask the winter sky

Maureen Hynes is the author of seven books, five of which are poetry. Her latest collection is Sotto Voce (fall, 2019), recently longlisted for the upcoming 2020 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Maureen’s first book of poetry, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award, and her 2016 collection, The Poison Colour, was shortlisted for both the Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster Awards. Maureen’s poetry has been included in over 25 anthologies, including twice in Best Canadian Poems in English, and in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, 2017. Maureen is poetry editor for Our Times magazine.

Jaclyn Piudik @jpiudik is the author of To Suture What Frays (Kelsay Books 2017) and three chapbooks, the corpus undone in the blizzard (Espresso Chapbooks 2019), Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautiful Outlaw 2013) and The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005/8). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including New American Writing, Columbia Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Burning House and CV2.  She received a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Alice M. Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. Piudik holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, as well as a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.  She hails from New York and currently lives and works in Toronto.

Banner Art: “Toronto Take #3” by Robert Frede Kenter

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