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National Poetry Month: Kaitlyn Boulding reads Parting gifts



Parting gifts


I found you

a pair of shells


tucked within each

other, wind in sail.


The one fits snug

over my lips


like a song.

The other is the same


shape as your ear.

I can’t help but


finger its electric

folds. From


their cupped

white hands


they whisper the sea.

(How I wish


I could learn

their art of holding


empty, calcified

handfuls of ocean,


& singing

return, return, return.)



An academic by day and poet by night (or sometimes vice versa), Kaitlyn Boulding is originally from rural Manitoba and studied at the University of Winnipeg before obtaining an undergraduate and graduate degrees in Classics from Dalhousie University. Her work has been published in the GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, Fathom, The Lyre, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Juice. 


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.