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Mother Of Pearl

I cut you from my thighs and birth you like I was from the lips of the shell in which I stand, swaddle you in love and tie you tight in ropes of freedom, use locks of hair to wash your face and dry your tears away before I offer you to the gods from

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The Path

It never happens at the call of the moon, The crust of dawn ever watching, Nor the blush of leaves from green to brown, This flourishing happens quietly. A peaceful pact of one-to-one, Laying plans at their feet, Collecting dreams like acorns, And planting them deep. A promise that’s sworn in blood, The marrow of

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Late Spring Rites of The Middle-Aged Apostate

I brush my teeth like there’s god in it, split my medications into morning & evening prayers. Offer a word for the ambulance drivers, another for the small squirrels & lizards that they might outrun the dog. I am learning to make & hold eye contact. To practice asking people what do you mean by

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Inscape

My nisei mother wept the moment Her mother’s soul winged In West Hiroshima from her body. Who knows the circuitry Of dream-time, Stitchery of omens, Coordinates of a dream-province, Secret topography of wishes and fears? This is the planetary skin Easily cut, easily abraded: A half-crucifixion in the dark.  

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Winners from the Uproar Call for Submissions: Ceremony and Sacrifice

  Short story winner: Dru Richman for “The Rite.” https://lawrencehouse.ca/the-rite/   Poetry winners: Richard Oyama for “Inscape.” https://lawrencehouse.ca/inscape/ Sherre Vernon for “Late Spring Rites of the Middle-Aged Apostate.” https://lawrencehouse.ca/late-spring-rites-of-the-middle-aged-apostate/ Perry Wyatt for “The Path.” https://lawrencehouse.ca/the-path/ Dr. Ronja Vieth for “Mother of Pearl.” https://lawrencehouse.ca/mother-of-pearl/ Joseph Farina for “ritual of fire.” https://lawrencehouse.ca/ritual-of-fire/ Jenna Scott for “transition.” https://lawrencehouse.ca/transition/

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Lawrence House Uproar Group Presents A Beat Inspired Open Mic

“None of us understand what we’re doing, but we do beautiful things anyway.” ― Allen Ginsberg The beat generation changed the world in their honest attempt at expressing their lived experiences. For August’s First Friday, August 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, please join us in the courtyard of the Lawrence House for a sign-up

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Carmen Zielkowski Poetry Prize Winning Entries

We’re delighted to present the three winning poems plus two honourable mentions. Our three judges (Lois Nantais, Rhonda Melanson, and Ryan Gibbs) have provided brief comments about each. Click on the link to go directly to the poem. 1st Prize: Tanya Jane MacIntyre, Conceive of a Circle https://lawrencehouse.ca/7030-2/ (Lois: There is a sensory intimacy to this poem

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Re-wilding

letting trees grow unchecked runs counter to our quest for order weeds in front lawns meet disapproval and pink work-orders from city council prodded by offended neighbours the weed-and-feed crowd, who stroll past our wilderness, noses pointed skywards, unobservant of the inhabitants of our park easier to love our yard in summer when all visible

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Morning Miracles

slender moon spills milk at mother’s feet as peacocks’ rustle settles into silence yesterday’s mandarin sun swung low and lush lingers on earthen floor offers tender warmth jasmine scent casts a spell on those asleep mouths open like half blooms mother throws handfuls of grain to rooftop skirmish of feathers and vibrant plumes daybreak crouches

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