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 &


gold



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-


zon

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


key



iv. the human species


science; pry

mates. (King Con-


quest.) graduation; ‘apelike

beings.’ full circle: tidepool,


man reflecting… genes

slowly making


love?


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).