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Blockbuster Poem VII

This week, feel the cold grip of automation.

Larissa Lai 10 Sep

Larissa Lai is an assistant Professor in the department of English at The University of British Columbia. She holds a PhD from the University of Calgary. Her first novel, When Fox Is a Thousand (Press Gang 1995, Arsenal Pulp 2004) was shortlisted for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her second novel, Salt Fish Girl (Thomas Allen Publishers 2002) was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, the Tiptree Award and the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Award. In 2004, West Coast Line published a special issue focussed on her work. sybil unrest, her collaborative long poem with Rita Wong, was published by Line Books in 2009. Eggs in the Basement was published by Nomados, also in 2009, and has just been shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. Lai's first solo full-length poetry book, Automaton Biographies (Arsenal Pulp), was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

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[Editor's Note: This is the seventh of 10 current Canadian 'blockbuster poems' running each Friday in The Tyee. Find out about the idea of the series and read the previous poems here.]


c1, n4: noah

By Larissa Lai

               in the desert
i saw my father's shame
                            i told my brothers     sold the pun's fun
a lark for the mark
               of ham not cain
blame game precipitates guilt economy
               astronomy places stars crossing my southern horn
master's cold shoulder enslaves or indentures
innocent generations to mechanical motion
               human checked in middle passage
                    nantes to neverland
land of the cree     home of depraved

From Automaton Biographies (Arsenal Pulp)  [Tyee]

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