Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly
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The Floating Library

By Tim Bowling

My family was poor, but we didn’t live in poverty. My father made a subsistence living from the commercial salmon fishery at the mouth of the Fraser River, and my mother sometimes clerked in the five-and-dime store when the domestic budget required a boost.


Dirty Pockets

By Erwin Wiens

It happens often, when you’re just a boy.
You forget what’s in them. Unthinking,
you plunge your hand down
to the very bottom. Something moist, and sticky.
Then you remember.