Sue Goyette: Outskirts

from “aquifers,” 


Gathering is important because the human voice taps our agricultural roots 
and constructs a subdivision of voice that affects the heart of our supplies.

Any kind of concert is really useful because it helps us sing our need.
Just how long must we sing? Study the aquifer of joy! Especially laughing,

that ribbon of voice and song that peals through silence like an alarm clock. 
The excavation, which started in 2003, aims to douse the daily news

with a groundswell of voices across the country’s headlines.
By listening and monitoring our thirsty ears, researchers can measure

the speed and direction of the flow of music within the radius
of our work weeks.They are also examining the layers of memory

and grief in our voices that will influence the irrigation of loss in the area. 
The study has spent a million contaminants of past grievances to gather data

on our twelve purest intentions. 

Sue Goyette, Outskirts, Brick 2011

Sue Goyette lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has published three books of poems, The True Names of Birds, Undone and outskirts (Brick Books), winner of the Pat Lowther Award, and a novel, Lures (HarperCollins, 2002). Her fourth collection of poems, Ocean, is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press in 2013. She’s been nominated for several awards including the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther, the Gerald Lampert, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the 2010 Earle Birney Prize and the 2011 Bliss Carman Award. Her poetry has appeared on the Toronto subway system, in wedding vows and spray-painted on a sidewalk somewhere in St. John, New Brunswick. Sue currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University, is faculty for the Banff Wired Writing Studio and works part-time at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. 


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