Twelve Prairie PoetsBook - 1976
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The wind sings winter, / the violin a pure / / white frightening / in clarity, ["Sibelius' Autumn" - Douglas Barbour]
The beautiful northern city / is a child's Christmas toy / spread out like blocks / with here and there a tree / deftly placed / discreetly frosted; ["Sunrise North" - Elizabeth Brewster]
speak for us to those who sent us here / say we did all that could be done / we have not learned / what lies north of the river / or past those hills that look like beasts ["From the North Saskatchewan" - Eli Mandel]
Crabapples cured by frost taste sweet / tasting of cool nights / moonshine cider, / water, the depths of earth ["The Prairie" - Sid Marty]
although it is / June the snow is / flying but I know / it is only summer / snow and will be / over in an hour ["Waiting in Alberta" - Miriam Waddington]
Outside, the trees shake off / their leaves as if angered by the new / colours. ["Manitoba Poem - Dale Zieroth]
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