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Poetry London Contest 1st place winner Marta Croll-Baehre


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Marta’s poem four corners made bare is part of a larger collection of poems in which she explores the corner of Richmond and Dundas as a cultural locus. In the collection, Marta examines the present division between demographics in the City of London. This disparity between populations not only creates a colourful local dynamic but also a deep-rooted sense of desolation and alienation.

Marta-Croll Baehre is a native of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her work is included in several creative writing journals and she is currently studying English Language and Literature at the University of Western Ontario.

four corners made bare poem

four corners made bare

on Dundas and Richmond
crossroads are contour
lines that fracture native hands,
root for half-smoked fag

kahiehtiio, kahòntsi ohsíta
(akohsera:ke) pause.

on piss-stained sidewalks
sticks over primordial land
that grows out, equinoctial
before them colonials took it.

roads that spew out, black fat
onto flaxen farmland, sees them Ka'washe?
smoke green up on
them four corners, no

wampum but Richmond Row
acres anchor, borders bank
for selenite skull,
lavender pagan

christ, a foul witchcraft
for the white man----
bitumen, bit-you-men, bit-o'-human
is black as muck.

Marta Croll-Baehre

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