I can’t stop seeing her
            heavy coat open
                        her four children huddled
                                    behind a placard

numbly trudging
            through a bad dream’s snow
                        following the pot-bellied man
            led handcuffed away …

Poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue.


Jean van Loon is an Ottawa writer and a graduate of Carleton University, Queen’s University, and the University of British Columbia. Her second poetry book, Nuclear Family, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in April 2022. Her first, Building on River (Cormorant, 2018), was a finalist for the Ottawa Book Award. Her story “Stardust,” published in Queen’s Quarterly, was included in Journey Prize Stories 19.

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