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National Poetry Month: Rachel Carlson reads Transmission





drag a scoop across icy innards

scrape it hollow and stark

as the event horizon

of an ice cream headache


run the bow of your nostalgia

across cat-gut strings

make your teeth hum

with childhood frequencies

until your emotions squelch

moist as canned meat

with its pink jelly lubricant

sucking at aluminum walls


your soft placenta plops on a hard slab

leaving your body

pitched and hollow

the tin whistle of vacancy

reverberating like a bad dream

coming to an end


lay down a fossil record

of your boiled bones

rendered clean and clarion as surgical instruments

cutting away at genetic code

until the coroner closes the door



Rachel Carlson is a Red River College Creative Communications student with a passion for writing and media production. Her book reviews have appeared online in The Winnipeg Review and in print with Herizons magazine.


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.