BC Poetry 2018: "The Dance Floor Tilts" by Susan Alexander (Thistledown Press)

At Home

So much is left undone.
Burdock grows rank around the steps.
Hops climb in the windows
like corkscrew assassins,
clothed in innocent green.
The transparent apple tree scrapes the roof
and the lilacs’ suckers rub the siding,
bridges for carpenter ants.
A poet shouldn’t live in a house.
The weight of what is neglected,
those hefty timbers, unpeopled stories, 
might crush her hummingbird words.


Susan Alexander is the winner of the 2016 Short Grain poetry prize and the 2015 Vancouver Writers’ Festival Contest. Her poems have appeared in SubTerrain, Arc, CV2, Grain, Room, The Antigonish Review, and PRISM international. For inspiration, Alexander writes from eclectic experiences — as a chambermaid, CBC Radio journalist, stay-at-home mother, waitress, lay preacher, and associate at a boutique investment firm, as well as from her family history and passions. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and lives on Bowen Island, BC.


As the dance floor of life tilts beneath our feet, do we keep dancing? In The Dance Floor Tilts we sway to the rhythms of passion and death, of family, myth and benediction. In worlds where cow-eyed goddesses steal nymph’s tongues and steering wheels are taken over by octopi, there are no established signposts. The individual moments making up the tune of this poet’s life offer the possibility of finding the beauty within the everyday resonance of our own existence.


Arrived October 2017.


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Establishing no signposts

The copyrights of all poems included in the series remain with their authors, and are reprinted with the permission of the publishers.

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