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This Could Be Anyone’s Story

From: Amateurs at Love


What does love mean? – He made a fetish – The woman stepped off the bus – For her nineteenth birthday – Every morning of his vacation – Sex, he says – In the sprawling ruins – If he has to die – After class she jogs – All month the honeymoon – It was after she left – The nights were cold – My husband’s missing arm – It’s autumn when his wife – I stopped at the side – A woman in a long white coat – Black vines and turquoise flowers – Inside Sleep Country, bird murals – They walked to the store



Patricia Young

Patricia Young is the author of twelve poetry collections and one book of short fiction. Her poems have been widely anthologized and also appeared in six chapbooks and numerous magazines and journals. She has twice been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for poetry and has won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the CBC Poetry Prize, the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Confederation Poets Prize, and several National Magazine Awards. She lives in Victoria.