Nine reasons to prefer the pear
1 a single longing tear-dropped from its stem almost lost in yellow leaves 2 three upright in a bowl the bowl is blue the air slowing as though they were breathing 3 paired on a plate their blushing skins side by side for company two knives 4 mothers-in-law prefer pears to plums such snobs but they know their fruit 5 more than six is too many unless they’re poached in wine in wine no number is too many 6 a pear is not hurried a pear is not fooled unlike an orange a pear knows which end is up 7 pears hide their stone cells close to their core a cool gravitas in water apples float pears swoon beneath 8 pears belong in porcelain as do tulips bananas belong in lunch bags pears on purple silk 9 when an apple’s offered it comes with caveats when a pear is offered red barlett anjou forelle can love be far behind?
Arleen Paré is a Victoria poet and novelist, with an MFA graduate in poetry from the University of Victoria. Her first book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry and won the Victoria Butler Book Prize. Her second book, Leaving Now, a novel, was released in 2012. Her Lake of Two Mountains won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and was nominated for the Victoria Butler Book Prize.
He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car is elegiac, lyrical, ironic; a series of reflections, recollections; a collection about relationships. To leave a face in the funeral car is to fall out of time, to fall into history, ponder dust, the quiet records of suicide. This is poetry that covers the strangeness of everyday life buoyed by the solace of language, the pleasure of song.
Arrived September 1st, 2015.
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