Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Southern Alberta Poems, by Nikki Reimer


The Bold and The Beautiful. Menstrual cramps. Dark roast. #Claresholm.
Trout lips. B vitamins. Handlebar moustaches.
Trucker hats. The Knowledge Network. Tornado touched down in Taber.
Jennifer Hudson’s verboten in joy.

Vodka face-off. Windstorm taste test. Double negatives. #Calgary.
Kirkland fresh kittens. Emotional surfeit. Salmon full waffle.
Woodbine sweater. Hawks overhead. High 21 tomorrow.
Be the first to talk to me about rigor mortis.

Stavely roof punching. Crow hoppin’. Stick shift. #Highway2
Privilege-sauce. Wiper fluid. Clutch poppin’ booty rockin.’
Road to Avonlea. Industrial shaman. Sweet edits.
Girl, you ain’t never gonna—

Gendered portapotties.
Rural monster homes.
Cry rape at the canola fields.

Nikki Reimer's works include [sic] (Frontenac House 2010); shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; and the chapbooks that stays news (Nomados Press 2011), haute action material (Heavy Industries 2011) and fist things first (Wrinkle Press 2009). Poetry, artwork and criticism have appeared in various places, online and off. A second poetry manuscript is forthcoming, eventually. She lives online at

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