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Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

Ending with the Skin

Chad Norman

If I were to look in a mirror
to see what colour mine is
and all the blood dares to tell
it would be a beginning I began
when the words spoken to my image
sound like a promise made to
other than who my eyes really see.

No matter how ignorant I am
there is one living beyond the eyes
only too eager to stand with inclusion
and all the blood dares to tell

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


Chad Norman lives beside the high tides of the Bay of Fundy in Truro, Nova Scotia. His poems have appeared in publications around the world and have been translated into Danish, Albanian, Romanian, Turkish, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Czech, and Polish. His collections are Selected and New Poems (Mosaic Press) and Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley (Guernica Editions). Simona: A Celebration of the S.P.C.A. was published this year by Cyberwit.net (India).