The Fellation of Sam McGee [Fragment of a Found Poem]

Mount-Royal-Fall-Leaves

The Fellation of Sam McGee
by Anonymous Service

There are strange things done in the name of fun
By we homos young and old;
The back alley trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Montreal nights have seen queer sight,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night in the fall on Mount Royal
We fellated Sam McGee

Depth Charge: One evening while wandering the back alleys of the plateau, I came across a poem scrawled on a wall. It was at one and the same time both strangely familiar and queerly original.  I only had time to copy down the opening stanza before the setting sun made it too dark to see. The next day I returned, but I could not find the reuelle again. It was as if it had disappeared with the setting sun. Hopefully, one day I will find it and the rest of the poem will still be there.

If you are in Montreal on Saturday,  Aug 17, 2013, come and say hello at:

MONTREAL QUEER BOOKFAIR
August 17, 2013 12pm – 6pm
Comité Social Centre-Sud
1710 Beaudry Beaudry Subway Station
Wheelchair Accessible

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bird étude 3 turning away (farewell, Yukon)

turning away
(farewell, Yukon)

the morning sun was hot
and bright and cruel

words which could have been
a gain or loss of beauty

birds killing butterflies
beside the cold river

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(AGG20130407 redux)

I left the Yukon in July of 1986 and, even though it has been more than a quarter-of-a-century and I have never been back, images and experiences from that time are still vivid in my mind.

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bird étude 2 the longest day

The Longest Day
(Summer Solstice, Yukon)
for M.S.

The stars are absent, now,
a multitude of impossible patterns,
replaced by one brightness
shining sun-circle constant.

I will linger in the northwest
while you follow the light east,
go back through the mountains
which invited us to climb them,
kiss their deceptive smoothness,
revel in their cracks and wrinkles,
caress with hand and tongue
ancient fire bones laid bare.

If we surmount these challenges,
ascend, it will be to separate
peaks though different pasts.

So, today, before you left,
I scaled a small bluff,
little feet of these mountains,
found wildrose petals
whose soft scent will gentle fade,
and offered them to you.

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(AGG20130407 redux)

Impossible love takes us to places we never imagined going, so I found myself alone in the Yukon in 1986.

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bird étude 1 two different worlds

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Depth Charge: This poem originates from notes I took during my stay in the Yukon, 1986-87. I was obsessed with making poems that could be read in multiple ways. There are at least five ways to read this poem; one, a straight-foreward, left-to-right, top to bottom reading; two though four, read each “column” separately from top-to-bottom, I have bolded the middle “column” for ease of reading; and, five, don’t read it at all.

Almost twenty years after writing this poem, I read Zhang Zai’s Western Inscription for the first time and was struck with the parallel’s between what Rae was saying and what Zhang Zai had written, although the cultural contexts could not be more different, and I remembered this poem. The Western Inscription keeps popping up in my writing.

Links about the Tlingit in the Yukon:

Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre
George Johnston Museum
Also, search for George Johnston Museum on Facebook

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