I Appreciate the Ambition of Feudalism

Besting, was a place, orbiting
bold & offput by the unassuming

white man with the hot pixie.
Able-bodied, stoic, bereft

of the capacity to describe his day
with anything but exploding noises.

A baby cried. A family is murdered
in a post-concussion fever.

No one’s feelings are hurt.

Cole Mash is a poet, spoken word artist, and writer who lives on unceded Syilx-Okanagan territory in Kelowna, BC. He is the Managing Director of non-profit arts organization Inspired Word Café and of Kelowna Poetry Slam. He teaches sessionally at UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College, and is currently pursuing a PhD at SFU in English. His creative work has been published in Forget Magazine, Eunoia Review, Papershell, and OK Magpie, and his critical work has been published in Scholarly and Research Communication. He is currently working on a manuscript that blends poetry, memoir, and essay entitled What You Did is All It Ever Means, which he hopes to get out to presses soon. He has a wonderful partner, three kids, and two kitties whom he loves all the way to the bottom.

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