Walking home after Le Soir des Monstres

A supermoon hangs
In the distance fireworks
Explode in silence
Muffled thuds following mixed
With unseen fragrant things

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Depth charge: Last night there was a supermoon, or “perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.” It was also my final circus for this year’s Completment Cirque circus festival, Le Soir des Monstres. My walk home happened to coincide with fireworks exploding for the International Fireworks competition. This is Montreal on a summer Saturday night.

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Left thinking—what just happened?

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L’homme cirque, David Dimitri, and the crescent moon, Completement Cirque, 20130713

I waited fifty
Years to see a man shot out
Of a cannon’s mouth
Done in the blink of an eye
Left thinking—what just happened?

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L’homme cirque, David Dmitri at Completment Cirque

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Like watching your best friend die

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Slippery—life itself
Circa again brings the pain
All the while grinning
Sensual—silly—savage
Like watching your best friend die

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S by Circa at Theatre Nouveau Monde

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Waltzes with apples

Gandini Juggling Smashed

Waltzes with apples
For order—chaos—control—
Tension juggling this
Perverse allure of violence—
Is precisely the dark game

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(After seeing Smashed by Gandini Juggling at Theatre Outremont)

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Flyers—carriers

Face Nord d'Un loup pour l'homme

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Flyers—carriers
A foursome engaged—boyish
Roughhouse childhood games
Of blindman`s bluff—London bridge
Follow-the-leader—leap-frog

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(After seeing Face Nord by Un Loup pour l’homme at Gare Dalhousie)

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The young acrobat

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Jérome Sordillon performs in La vie en swing, the National Circus School graduating class show, June 2013.

The young acrobat’s
Shoulder was damaged—bandaged
He pressed an ice pack
To the hurt as his colleague
His tender muscles massaged

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Depth Charge:  National Circus School Shows 2013

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