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National Poetry Month: Lori Cayer reads Traveling without moving



Traveling without moving


the last line always comes first, how oddly and often

words group or branch off, like paper clips, spoons etc.


it relaxes me to sort and rearrange, I’m pretty sure it was me

in the cupboards and boxes, O lost poem I wrote


when I’m dead they shall not discover me

a hoarder of anything but stones and feathers


what a laugh when I open a drawer, what a prankster moved these things


I am afraid for my furled brain, call my self Mrs. Alzheimer

what she knew of forgetting, I started to write something—



@2016 Lori Cayer, reprinted by permission from Dopamine Blunder, Tightrope Books (Toronto, ON).


Born in Saskatchewan, Lori Cayer has made Manitoba her home since the third grade. She is the author of three volumes of poetry: Dopamine Blunder (Tightrope Books, 2016), Attenuations of Force (Frontenac House, 2010), Stealing Mercury (The Muses’ Company, 2004), which won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book in Manitoba in 2004. In 2005 Lori won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. She served many years as poetry editor for Contemporary Verse 2 and currently sits as secretary on the National Council of the League of Canadian Poets. 


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.