In a Jar

A Poem by Natalee Caple

for Tony Burgess (again)

In a

jar

  and

the latrine

intended to the Terror through the

   lack

      must be in

   a jar

and kept

       by ready force

    the Terror she placed in

a jar

be

       listening be more be lated be behind

     major fields

         of those

       hacked to pieces of

the carefully placed

one

    more

      time

      the circulating night

elated in

a jar

      kept

         ready for force

the place

where nature

   breaks virtue  

    marijuana animal

        swimming

       through the over-whelming

pubic beard returning to virtues

of force

slapping in the

   slop buckets

sparks

are

      fire

She intends it this time, or

    drank

turpentine

in all cases

         returning in time, their

money

          in

a jar

   listening to

replace nature its so-called

progress

Natalee Caple is the author of seven books of poetry and fiction and the co-author of several incarnations of a full-length play titled i-Robot Theatre (based on Jason Christie’s i-Robot Poetry) with the Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre Collective. Her most recent novel, In Calamity’s Wake was published to international acclaim in Canada and the US in 2013. Her collection of poetry, A More Tender Ocean, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her book of short stories, The Heart is its Own Reason, was called “moving … arresting” by The New York Times. Her novel, Mackerel Sky was called “ breathlessly good” by the Washington Post. Natalee’s work has been optioned for film, and nominated for a National Magazine Award, the Journey Prize, the Bronwen Wallace Award, and the Eden Mills Fiction Award.

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