This is a wonderful country to be a poet in because it is brutal, indifferent, abusive. The worse thing possibly for a poet is a sort of warm recognition and a sense of belongingness, I mean the very essential quality of being a writer, a good writer is to feel just a little alienated from everything around you that way you can get a good perspective.
So Canada is a marvellous country cause everybody is alienated from everybody else and it gives a wonderful edge to everything
We’re alienated from the French, the French from the Jew, Quebec from Canada, Westmount from Snowden, St. Henry from Cote Saint Luc
The point is there are wonderful alienated feelings thriving in this country, everybody is unhappy and or if they aren’t unhappy they’re dull, so that it’s a wonderful place to write in."
The state raised the glass that kept us one on each side.
The state paid for your superiority, settled the bill on your complex when
truly yours was always the harder name to say.
What more can the state meddle in?
This is the subtle war of isolation and in it, what you conquer you keep.
I conquer your tongue.
I conquer your number game, your bedroom manners, your pile of
rumour papers, the secrets that line your palms, the loose garments you go
to die in, your social anxiety.
I conquer you.
I claim shadow citizenship and care very little for feeble colours that pitch
the limits of liberty between wanting and being wanted.
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