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Poetry: Proxy

Irving Layton Award For Creative Writing: Poetry
October 9, 2019
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By Alia Bhimji

Concordia’s Department of English confers prizes for excellence in the studies of English literature and creative writing. 

The Irving Layton Awards for Creative Writing, worth $500 each, are presented to undergraduate students for works of poetry and fiction. To qualify for the poetry award, students must submit one or several poems. 

Proxy

by Alia Bhimji

 

I used to be a babysitter.

I made nipples out of mineral things, I spoke in tongues too wide for me

I spent the gold and I spent the silver.

 

I made tap water turn to TV dinners.

I worked for lead from bunk beds, I bathed them in Epsom sweat and seaweed

I used to be a babysitter.

 

I used to bring them army stickers.

I made civvies out of buckeye roots, in high altitudes with coca leaves

I spent the gold and the camouflage silver.

 

I went and shopped for coffee filters.

I would drink like mothers ought to drink, I snuffed the grounds through rolled receipts

I used to be a peoplesitter.

 

I’d tuck in their gloves when we had our winters.

I’d make them shovel snow for daddy’s praises, he was paying my salary

I spent the gold and the family silver.

 

I used to be a counterfeiter

I used to be a quick relief

I used to be a babysitter

I took the gold and I took the silver.



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