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City Heat

Repeated waves of heat
begin to burn the bodies
chaotically crushed together
waiting,
with their homes
in their hands,
to eat.

Around the corner,
there’s a man
drenched,
from an unseen cloud,
making his living
from a
corroded cup.

The beach
is deserted
our water diseased.
No breath of fresh air,
only of dead fish.


Biography
Born in Toronto, Despina Alexopoulos started writing poetry at a very
young age. Those early poems illustrated a desire to experience the
world. As a result, after finishing university in Toronto she moved to
Europe for almost a decade and has been travelling ever since.
Despina continues to tell stories in Toronto through a variety of
mediums including painting. Most of these can be found on Instagram
@desalexo.


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Previously published in
Toronto Poetry Magazine:
Poetry by Vic Cavalli.

Published June 29, 2020

Poets of the GTA Contest #1 - First Place

City Heat

by Despina Alexopoulos
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
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