Moving by Wanda Campbell

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May 5, 2013 by northerncardinalreview

We are moving to the wild
because cities are shorn and
suburbs drive poetry underground

sod it over and mow it down
tidy it up and set it out on the curb
to be whisked away on Wednesdays

here it still tangles and curls
like Samson’s uncut hair
giving a braided strength

here the wild finds its way back
sprouts and splashes and spills
enough to drench my desert heart

Wanda Campbell teaches Creative Writing and Women’s Literature at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in view of the highest tides in the world. Her debut novel Hat Girl is forthcoming from Signature Editions (2013) and she has published four collections of poetry, Daedalus Had a Daughter (2011) Grace (2009), Looking for Lucy (2008), and Sky Fishing (1997).  Her stories and poems have appeared in journals across Canada  including Antigonish Review, Dalhousie Review, Descant, existere, Fiddlehead, Gaspereau Review, Grain, Harpweaver,  New Quarterly,  Queen’s Quarterly, Room, Vallum, Wascana Review, and Windsor Review.

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