Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

Photographs of Lake Superior

Peter Unwin

Was that really sheer, unfettered
unadulterated joy I saw
in those photographs
from a decade ago?

When you were thinner
when I was thinner, and the kids
were truly children acting childish
on the Precambrian rock
that was older than time?

A time that had no way
of expressing the urgency
of the instant, the beautiful
poignant, urgent moment
that passed like a planet

and left us lying
on the beach ..........

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


Peter Unwin is the author of ten books, including the novel Searching for Petronius Totem and the story collection Life Without Death, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at York University. His latest novel, Written in Stone, has just been released by Cormorant Books, and his poetry collection The Infinite Park will appear shortly. He is a member of PEN Canada and lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters.