Poem: the thief

the red startle of duct tape
on the edge of your date book

is your way of pissing

on perfection

when broken things claim you
like rats from a sewer

you bind them to you
with stolen orange prayer flags
to keep them

from floating away

with the dish and the spoon
til the little dog laughed

but your lenses are missing
and your suitcase is full

of clown noses, shady hollows
that won’t be broken or fixed

beat the drum softly
with the secret code
of the thief

then we’ll all follow you

with a skip
drag
and sing

Coming Events

Jude is launching her eighth book of poetry Impromptu! She'll be on a mini tour between now and June, when she begins her Poetry Residency at Joy Kogawa House. Admission is free for all events. She will be selling her new book and poetry CD.

Launch on Bowen Island at Collins Hall - Sunday, March 8 at Collins Hall - 4:00-5:30

Reading at The Writers Studio, Simon Fraser University - March 12

Reading at Cottage Bistro on Main St. in Vancouver - date and time TBA

Vancouver Launch at Murray Adaskin Studio, Vancouver - Saturday April 4 - 7:00-8:30

Readings in Nanaimo and Victoria later this spring - dates and times TBA


Jude Reads Her Poetry