BC Poetry 2016: "Rough Ground Revisited" by Kate Braid (Caitlin Press)

He Calls Me
Found poem
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.


Book Launches: N/A.

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.

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