This might be the
We gather on the deck between above and
All the unimagined constellations.
The steamer forges.
Blue goes the owl and the ticking bats.
Churning where the river meets the sea.
The votive dragon, phoenix stitched of silk
and not of fire on the water.
The water locomotive.
And the dog star and the Isle of Dogs.
And heaven upon the waters.
Stephanie Bolster edited The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 (Molly Peacock, series editor).
This poem was published in Jacket (www.jacketmagazine.com)– #34, Autumn 2007 (