that the world will usher her
to the front of the line.
that the doors will be shut
in her face. She wants
that she'll hit the meanest
depths of worthlessness.
wanting the best
expecting the worst.
where she could
choose her own exit
from sun and earth.
Latin for queen, conversations
were stilted. With her, gold lacked
a live concert. A cyclone learned
to play the harp, proved to be
an unalloyed villain. A troublesome
foe, she created the Wascana cake
affair. Walls and halls the focal point
in anglophone Canada. Buffalo bones
and a diamond flute necklace
plastered much of the town.
Poem consists of remixed phrases from the
Wikipedia entries for the two subjects in the title
to the elbows
in the sweet
latest book is Openwork and Limestone, her third poetry collection. She is also the author of Seeking Shade, a short story collection, and Tower, a novella. Frances’s writing has been selected for the Best Canadian Poetry series and Poem in Your Pocket Day in Canada, among other recognitions. Recent publications include work in Paris Lit Up, Rust and Moth, JMWW, and The New Quarterly. Visit www.francesboyle.com and follow @francesboyle19 on Twitter and Instagram.