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Carter Vance

Clovers and Leaves

Whenever we tremble at whitewash,

the lacquer crispness of flatmates’

breath, footsoles on shared walls,

we spin reasons, fine silk,

and embalm to make it right.

Those cross-winding breezes

across Atlantic spire dawns

were something to wake to,

hold in memory, hold in confidence

a Gaelic kind of principle.

It gets broken, it gets damaged,

by turns.

A four-pointed, sectorial swirl

comes to view, tethered together

as red-green symbols,

flag heft in limb points,

as our histories take us



Holding airy shapes in dark,

the crease of department store

sheets as fallen lightning;

wish of pounding headspace

to be gone, to be close


apart from madding

night noise.

Issue One

          August 2016

Carter Vance is a student and aspiring poet originally from Cobourg, Ontario, currently studying at Carleton University in Ottawa. His work has appeared in such publications as The Vehicle, (parenthetical) and F(r)iction, amongst others. He received an Honourable Mention from Contemporary Verse 2's Young Buck Poetry Awards in 2015. His work also appears on his personal blog Comment is Welcome