Tonight the wind howls
while the woman’s fingertips flutter
against her window
trying to escape the night.
her pearly flesh
is pulled tight
across tiny bones.
She could be one of Picasso’s ladies—
tortured by impossible angles
trapped in a barren landscape.
Only an ethereal dance
of carved flesh and shadows.
This is the first poem I published in a literary journal. This piece appeared in Grain in 1992. Under the influence of Lorna Crozier, I wrote this poem at the tender age of 21. I studied with her in my second year of university. She assigned my class a prose poem and the following poem is what I submitted:
men love women love men
Some men love bisexual women others love straight women who scream during sex, who leave tiger marks on their backs other men love women who wear black tank tops in the middle of the winter & dance on speakers in nightclubs & some men love women with wild blonde hair, jeans that don’t lie, and kiss-me-red lips some men love women who write poetry about violence & sex others love women who give head and swallow
Women love men who won’t ask when the threesome is other women love men who look at their faces during sex and kiss them & women with large breasts love men who notice the colour of their eyes other women love men who won’t talk of old lovers like a stamp collection & some women love men who won’t let them say fuck in the bedroom & women poets love men who read between the lines.
–Candice G. Ball
My poems “Gone for Lunch” and “Junkie” appeared in the NEW WINNIPEG POETS FOLIO edited by Jonathan Ball. Be sure to check out all the other Winnipeg poets featured.