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National Poetry Month: Steve Locke reads Purple City



god isn’t waiting for you to leave town        

they couldn’t hold their breath that long


god is not asking for a handout         

god is not routine indignity   

god is still waiting for you

to decolonize your mind

god doesn’t even read the bible

god reads maclean’s


god is a heated bus shelter in a polar vortex

god is the yellow

“touch here to exit” strips

that jolt and cringe away from your thumbs

or are otherwise entirely desensitized to your presence


god is a mindful and benevolent driver


god is collective bargaining rights

god is a revolutionary conspiracy

god is a crowdfunded wedding

god is a Bolshevik


god is moving to Vancouver, but they’ll be back

god prefers a “dry cold”


god is the fine balance of bliss, grit, and repulsion that

inevitably makes it so

that you are able to drive

in every climate imaginable



Steve Locke is a Winnipeg writer, poet and arts educator. His work has appeared in CV2, Prairie Fire, and Poetry is Dead magazines, as well as with him on stage at various spoken word festival and community stages across the country.


The Winnipeg Free Press will be running poems by Manitoba poets every weekday in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. The NPM in the WFP Project was edited by Ariel Gordon.

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