Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis is a poet and professor of contemporary literature at Simon Fraser University. His many books of poetry include The Commons (Talon Books 2008; second edition 2014), On the Material (Talon Books 2010—awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), and To the Barricades (Talon Books 2013).

Revolution or Catastrophe

I told myself / catastrophe / is a revolution too a sudden turn or overturning more like for whom more like what are the outcomes too I will write it down then call it revolution or catastrophe call upon the …

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Placeways in the Anthropocene: Phyllis Webb’s Canadian West Coast

Change is the true nature of every place we inhabit, everything we are. I live on what was an island that became, in time, a peninsula only to – one day in the not too distant future, with the changing climate and rising seas – most likely become an island again. Indigenous peoples travelled down this coast – when it had a different coastline, a different sea level yet again – thousands of years ago.

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The World Is Never Enough with Us

I should apologize for another Poem about death and political economy But the daily walk is the graveyard Emily, treading, treading Like the Fang people of Africa with the Bundled sticks of their dead dried Folded and packed around on …

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Reluminations II

The streets have felt much of the century arch of sky all art & activity There are bread lines in the streets Quotations like robbers sink who leap out armed who aim to not only have the most who encased …

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