Publication Year

Part I


From: Swans


Contains the poems:

‘Swans Watering Hole’ Dance Floor, After Wild Swans /

Getting There /

A Line that Snakes Around All the Way to the Future /

Spells for Drunk Girls /

Same Three Friends in Different Universes /

The Dancer /

The Witness /

The Historian /

Pitchers of Raspberries /

Karaoke at 10 p.m. /

The Dancer Requests /

Ugly Duckling /



Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown’s first full-length collection of poetry, Safe Words was shortlisted for the 2018 ReLit award. A finalist for The Malahat Review‘s Open Season award, CV2’s Young Buck prize and the CBC poetry prize, her work has also appeared in The Walrus, Arc Poetry Magazine, Grain, PRISM International and The Puritan. After nearly a decade in Toronto, Michelle has recently returned to the West Coast, where she hangs out with her daughter, dog & husband.