Winner of the April 2018 Poem of the Month Contest, Bob Canuel

Every month, Cosmographia partners with to publish a "transcendent" poem plus offer the winning poet a $50 prize.

Bob Canuel is retired now but has been writing poetry since he was a teenager, a long time ago indeed. Over that time, he has accumulated a large collection of poems inspired by life, the universe and everything, to borrow a phrase from A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 

Married for over thirty years, and formerly residents of Ontario, he and his wife moved to Calgary, Alberta, in 2016, where they are both active in the writing and craft communities.

Bob has had work published by Wax Poetry and Art, The Prairie Journal, Dying with Dignity Canada and will soon see a short poem published at Right Hand Pointing. He also had two works published in the 1990s in small anthologies now out of print.

Of Memories by the Sea

by Bob Canuel

Summers and spangled memory-heat rise up from the pavement;

roads of waste and want, the hurt of war and jellied gasoline

dropped from sky machines,

flying between delusions of freedom

and the security of an exceptional god.

It’s their voices distilled from that din of years;

the rubble-speak repeated now by the same cadre of believers

and their urgent end times, revelations and rapture.

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