KLARA DU PLESSIS
Klara du Plessis is a poet and critic residing in Montreal. Her chapbook, Wax Lyrical, was released from Anstruther Press, 2015, and a full-length collection of poems is forthcoming from Palimpsest Press. She curates the monthly, Montreal-based Resonance Reading Series, writes reviews for Broken Pencil Magazine and The Rusty Toque among other journals, and will guest edit an issue of the Town Crier, October 2016, on writing in English as a second language. Follow her on Twitter @ToMakePoesis
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Mmm No Nammme products
Sans Nom nom nom
I say sorry and you say that’s ok and I say thanks and you say no problem, like I’m
transgressing and you have the power to pronounce not guilty.
Gun is to grant or allow, to give, to offer an opportunity with affection, opoffering. To
sacrifice too much is to shoot yourself in the foot.
Firearms are the most beautiful offshoots, sleek limbs growing. Charred fingers are still
more functional than nails bitten down into afterlife.
I stick my nails into dirt deliberately then clean them again. Claws are good weapons till
they break under attack (subordinate clause).
To give and to take away are the same verbs sometimes, but to give and then take away is
worse than not giving at all.
I know next to nothing about guns. G’n which is a word and pronounced the same as gun
means none or nothing at all.
[Cursive words are Afrikaans.]