About the book
About the author
Jim Nason is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently, Music Garden. He has also published two novels, The Housekeeping Journals and I Thought I Would Be Happy, as well as a collection of short fiction, The Girl on the Escalator. His award-winning poems, essays and stories have been published in literary journals across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, 2010, and 2014. He has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in both fiction and poetry categories. Jim was born in Montreal and has lived in Calgary, Vancouver, and Syracuse. He has degrees from York, Ryerson, and McGill Universities and presently lives in Toronto where he writes and teaches. He is the owner and publisher of Tightrope Books.
from Touch Anywhere to BeginMany men came to the windowless room.
I was young, semi-conscious, drunk. The tentative
man touched my ankle, then calf. For the aggressive
one, for his leathery tongue, his knotted grip, I slept
and woke. I sat, rolled over, licked his black boot,
begged like a dog. A third man kissed me
lovingly, on the lips, and I cried.
Mastercard put up a pop-up
sales cave, an atmospheric detour off the subway path,
concrete floor seductive, blue neon dim. We came
by the thousands, the rush hour surge, through
Union Station—for texture and wonderment, the warm,
glowing screen. Touch Anywhere to Begin it said.
Tap to Bobble. Swipe to Spin.
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