Skating toward your teens
in a fashionable fling of scarf

you’re edging into lipstick
with your pink-tinted gloss

willing to skate with me still
and eat a Beaver Tail …

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


Jean van Loon is an Ottawa writer whose second book of poetry, Nuclear Family (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022), won the 2023 Ottawa Book Award and was shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman Award. Her first poetry collection, 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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