catalogue cards (from cape breton university)

By Sean Howard

i. the conquest of the river plate

pampas, horses

ford the stream… (

waves making the land

fall.) silence: conduct-

ing the dead. night

& day; silver &


ii. gandhi and king

sleep: ‘hate in their

eyes.’ (white god, black

maria.) hindu or muslim? the

rain’s temples… trampled; bat-

on rouge. shared feast;

eyes on the hori-


iii. can prisons work?

inner cities. (on res.; in-

dian territory.) poem: white-

wash. ‘in the end, your own

cell.’ violence: keeping the

inside out. forest–

throw away the


iv. the human species

science; pry

mates. (King Con-

quest.) graduation; ‘apelike

beings.’ full circle: tidepool,

man reflecting… genes

slowly making


Sean Howard is the author of Local Calls (Cape Breton University Press, 2009) and Incitements (Gaspereau Press, 2011). His poetry has been widely published in Canada, the US, UK and elsewhere, and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books, 2011 & 2014).