Publication Year

Black Holes


From: First


About Pat Hurdle’s mother there was never a warning – She died more than fifty-nine years ago – How numbers count – Prime numbers – my sister saw Pat Hurdle once in a lineup – If a friend – Take this coat – Take this bunting – Carolyn Keene was a fiction, a syndicate name – The elegance of the equation – Later, Nancy began to work on yet another – Meanwhile, the Universe – Despite the surrounding collapse – Second-hand smoke – To bite into the apple – Who mentioned abduction – As if a cat – In praise of quantum physics – The table receives her full fury – Suppose upending a table – Because the moon is round is halved is quartered – I like Pat then and now – I write in multiverse often – There is a certain wash of light



Arleen Paré

Arleen Paré’s first book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry and won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Leaving Now, a mixed-genre novel released in 2012, was highlighted on All Lit Up. Lake of Two Mountains, her third book, won the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, was nominated for the Butler Book Prize and won the CBC Bookie Award. Paré’s poetry collection, He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car, was a 2015 Victoria Butler Book Prize finalist. The Girls with Stone Faces, her fifth book, won the American Golden Crown Award for poetry in 2018. Her sixth book, Earle Street, was released in Spring, 2020. She lives in Victoria with her partner of forty years.