CIGAR? TOSS IT IN A CAN. IT IS SO TRAGIC   For all intensive purposes, the fire distinguishers are pigments of the imagination. Unparalyzed in the history of this great country, our enemies are holding us hostile. It bottles the mind to think that we take for granite the apples and organs hanging on tender hooks as a pose to bearing the blunt of the escape goat gone awry with the crutch of the matter. Needles to say, at the pentacle of patriarticle politics we cannot phantom the depths to which battering eyelids skewer the results to make ends meat. We shutter to think that a seizure salad made of fall foilage mine as well be one foul swoop of poison ivory. In the same vain, we are in sink with the insinnuendos and internally grateful for the poultrygeist performing the Heineken remover on a nation long stricken with the chicken pops. It is perhaps a blessing in the skies that the hewn cries sound like flaws in the ointment as we cease the day, udderly disappointed by the ludicrust bowl in a china shop and its new leash on life.     HOARDING   Rightly or wrongly, certain essentials will soon be in short supply. If the open-ended questions can be believed, many of us have been deceiving ourselves   with the headroom and clean living, loosely chronicled in appendices ready to burst all over the philharmonic snare traps of the bargain hunter   or sentimental lone wolf. Squirrelled shopping circulars beaverdam doorjams loaded with playbooks   and fastidious ham-fists. All exists are corrugated with fatigue after fatigue, cannibalizing camouflage beneath unbalanced ceiling fans   quilting their filibuster winds. Just try unpacking some punch into this! The trouble with idealism   is every so often you have to dig up the bodies and move them. That plastic patch in the Pacific   stealing all our shit.   Adam Dickinson’s poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and internationally. His collection Kingdom, Phylum was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He teaches at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.