Author Archives: carmenjoyking

poetry

A Bit Callous!

A bit callous. Doesn’t everyone find grace high? I just kiss lips! Malt not opera. Posing questions reduces soft touch; uses very winded explanations. You: unzip.

poetry

A Bit Callous!

A bit callous. Doesn’t everyone find grace high? I just kiss lips! Malt not opera. Posing questions reduces soft touch; uses very winded explanations. You: unzip.

travel

The Commute

Embrace it. You’ll meet your neighbours, their ecstasy and chagrin. You’ll finally finish your book. Your mind will wander, conquer. You will lose certain control but keep composure. In your composure, you’ll be empathetic. In your empathy, you’ll connect. In

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The Commute

Embrace it. You’ll meet your neighbours, their ecstasy and chagrin. You’ll finally finish your book. Your mind will wander, conquer. You will lose certain control but keep composure. In your composure, you’ll be empathetic. In your empathy, you’ll connect. In

personal_essay

Shingles

If you’re over the age of 10, you’ve already had chickenpox. You probably even have a few scars from scratching the hell out of those red bumps. Once you’ve had the virus it lies dormant in nerve tissue near your spinal

personal_essay

Shingles

If you’re over the age of 10, you’ve already had chickenpox. You probably even have a few scars from scratching the hell out of those red bumps. Once you’ve had the virus it lies dormant in nerve tissue near your spinal

poetry

Possessed

Possessing myself is the new ideal. I’m wrapped around me in a gesture of compliance and forgiveness so soft and tender. Full and Feminine. In this new state of self-possession, courage fills me full breaths. In this state, I write:

poetry

Possessed

Possessing myself is the new ideal. I’m wrapped around me in a gesture of compliance and forgiveness so soft and tender. Full and Feminine. In this new state of self-possession, courage fills me full breaths. In this state, I write:

personal_essay

Canada’s Cultural Berlin Wall

In visiting Quebec City for the first time a little over a month ago, the damp air, narrow streets and towering cliffs impressed upon me the sensation that I was in an older, more sophisticated Canada: a fortress. Here in la

personal_essay

Canada’s Cultural Berlin Wall

In visiting Quebec City for the first time a little over a month ago, the damp air, narrow streets and towering cliffs impressed upon me the sensation that I was in an older, more sophisticated Canada: a fortress. Here in la

poetry

I Made You Up

I made you up. Typical! Several tales ago you ceased to be the mortal human you are; a steady series of walking contradictions. No, you have become a cloudwalker instead, graceful and immortal; a maker of my every wandering thought.

poetry

I Made You Up

I made you up. Typical! Several tales ago you ceased to be the mortal human you are; a steady series of walking contradictions. No, you have become a cloudwalker instead, graceful and immortal; a maker of my every wandering thought.

personal_essay

New City Montreal

Here’s a scene I’d never have expected of my future dream when I dreamt it ten years ago: I’m squatting on a large, vibrating machine called a Power Plate. Directly in front of me is my boss, L, in the

personal_essay

New City Montreal

Here’s a scene I’d never have expected of my future dream when I dreamt it ten years ago: I’m squatting on a large, vibrating machine called a Power Plate. Directly in front of me is my boss, L, in the

Do I Smell Like 9 to 5 ?

After a year of literary exile in São Paulo, Brazil, I’m heading toward a writer’s date at an Atwater Poetry Project reading: a colourful series of local, national and international poets both known and unknown, in Montréal. I contemplate how

Do I Smell Like 9 to 5 ?

After a year of literary exile in São Paulo, Brazil, I’m heading toward a writer’s date at an Atwater Poetry Project reading: a colourful series of local, national and international poets both known and unknown, in Montréal. I contemplate how

personal_essay

Among the Lionesses

“I’ve always said that the true nature of [women's] empowerment is knowing that you don’t have to stay and fight in the male army, you can set up your own regiment,” said TV News London’s Roz Morris during our conversation

personal_essay

Among the Lionesses

“I’ve always said that the true nature of [women's] empowerment is knowing that you don’t have to stay and fight in the male army, you can set up your own regiment,” said TV News London’s Roz Morris during our conversation

travel

Postscript (from The New Brooklin)

Manoela, I thought of you yesterday while I wiped down the inside of a kitchen cupboard. You see, I offered to clean the landlady’s place if she gave us a discount on the weekly rent. I filled a small bucket

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Postscript (from The New Brooklin)

Manoela, I thought of you yesterday while I wiped down the inside of a kitchen cupboard. You see, I offered to clean the landlady’s place if she gave us a discount on the weekly rent. I filled a small bucket