He Calls Me
from a conversation with a female firefighter
Because I don't carry a purse or wear makeup because I like sports and am physically fit because I wear a uniform and the gods didn't make me pretty because I wear boots and am a firefighter, proud as him, he calls me Bitch Broad Dyke. I call him Hey, Bill.
Kate Braid has written and co-edited eleven books of prize-winning poetry and non-fiction, most recently a memoir, Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World, and poems, Rough Ground Revisited. In 2015 she was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Award for the Literary Arts for leadership in Vancouver’s cultural community.
After publishing her memoir, Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World, it seemed appropriate to release a second edition of her first book of poems. In Rough Ground Revisited, several of the original poems in Covering Rough Ground have been replaced with new ones that explore - in slightly more gritty fashion but still with humour, compassion and a wise eye – Kate's experience as a construction carpenter and the impact of that crucial time in her life.
Arrived August 15th, 2015.
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Purchases: From the Caitlin Press website or at your local bookstore. $18.
Exploring in a more gritty fashion.
The copyrights of all poems included in the series remain with their authors, and are reprinted with the permission of the publishers.