Today’s poem is from our newly released book, Lean-to, by Halifax poem Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen. “Tin” is from a longer suite of poems called “August after August” which won the the CBC Literary Award for poetry in 2005. — AS
Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen
Expecting tin can lanterns, a party:
cold trout on blue willow, spark of the river’s tinsel.
The aluminum canoe, a tinderbox we slide ourselves into
tipsy on the river’s sulk.
An anniversary gift, better than confections
or silks. Scissors won’t open it. A secret
the clouds conjugate north of the weir.
Tenir. To hold. Tongues of silt.
August: the aspens open their tissues, temptations.
The river, a rival
current. On the surface: flotsam, a million proofs.
Clutching the paddle, shove out the thoughts that nudge—
Copyright © Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen, 2009.