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Special Project: 45 Poems: Reflection & Response

Poetry by Amy LeBlanc
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

@Hereafter
Moment(oh)
Published October 18, 2017
Two Poems by Amy LeBlanc in Eleventh Transmission
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@Hereafter

by Amy LeBlanc

He says that she’s unattractive, but the subtext is that he doesn’t like girls
who are more comfortable in their skin than he is with his masculinity. He
made me realize I can stop apologizing to the mannequins I run into – stop
slipping confession notes into the books I read for whomever needs them
after me. I don’t apologize to the boy who left his gum between my knees,
because my arteries continue to pump and my feet fit into my shoes
without him. The amassment of buildings and bodies and dealmakers tells
me that I don’t need to rip eyelashes out for wishes. I’ve learned that the
squeaky wheel gets taken away. The arbiter of wineries, golf clubs,
mortages, window frames, casinos, finds that these are grasping at the
ceiling, fingers spread into spider webs. In this bottom-less wanting,
unnecessary roughness earns you a slap on the shoulder and an extra hour
of locker room talk. We learn to grab back (if sex happens before you
wanted it) with chemicals between our fingers. I burn my throat on oatmeal
and my skin turns to scales – My pages are dog-eared from turning corners
too soon.  In this one hundred and forty character locale, I’ll blast out a
constant reminder that this mimeograph heart won’t be stopping any time
soon.



Moment(oh)

by Amy LeBlanc

Physical combinations
distance these moments
with a far too large
quantity of you.
If my fear of papercuts
sounds an alarm
I’ll steal your running shoes.
   let’s stop talking about
   virginity loss
   for a moment while
   I subpoena smokers
   and people who can’t find the clitoris.
   you’ll feel every step I take
   in your spine.
This body is 20 Januarys old
hollowed in sidewalk talk.
Just take your newspaper
out of my walls
and go.


Notes
"@Hereafter" was first published in The Puritan.
"Moment(oh)" was originally printed in (Parenthetical).

Biography
Amy LeBlanc is currently completing a BA in English Literature and Creative
writing at the University of Calgary where she is Project Editor for
Nöd
magazine
.  She is an avid reader, cat lover and poet, who focuses most of
her energy on short fiction. She is hoping to pursue a career in writing and
is currently working on a story cycle and a novella.
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