Stuart Ian McKay

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Stuart Ian McKay is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta and the League of Canadian Poets. Stele of Several Ladies - a long poem, his first book, was published in 2005. a cognate of prayer, his second book, will be published in 2013. He is a two time winner of CBC's Alberta Anthology. These poems are from a manuscript in progress. McKay lives in Calgary.


her beaded necklace

The varied means

by which we,
wounded, continue,

as if eating isn’t enough,
as if breathing itself isn’t.

Nothing our bodies tell us

explains mounded bellies
or nine monthed tide,

only slight determinants
of rosy-hued skin and a
mouth dried out from
laughing or smiling,

our senses a flower
that even a kiss


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