Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

HEEL GOONS. THAT IS CANADASPEAK

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It's getting so I have to cross the road when I see men in suits, the same reaction I have to pit bulls. I want to thank Stephen Harper for identifying himself so clearly on television yesterday: two flags, one suit. If he'd brought out the sweater, I would have gagged.

The man was boiling. I could see he just wanted to reach through my TV screen and throttle me.

I was pretty heated too, not at all pleased by the blitz of e ads that came from a conservative ad agency in Calgary; one in fact from the art director who wants to marry our daughter. He should be more careful. I have the power of the pen here.

Hey, I come from a family of lawyers. The first thing I learned is, shut up if you have to but never never tell a lie, not even in Neverneverland, which Canada is beginning to resemble.

Stephen Harper lies, about the Bloq and about the constitutionality of a non-confidence vote. He did not get the majority he wanted, partly due to the outrage of Canadian artists in response his contempt for our culture; AND THAT MEANT HE SHOULD HAVE EMBRACED COLLEGIALITY. That he did not do.

Sorry, Boss. Move over.

Further to my blog about form in poetry last week: the gloves and sweaters are off. it is time for poetry. Keep it clean and mean. Forget your ghazals. Let us speak the language of our streets and streams and mountains, Canadaspeak. Let the people know what it is like to be hungry, sick, jobless and homeless in one of the most apparently blessed countries on earth.

Breathe in and imagine what it would be like to inhale mould in your rez mansion, worrying for the safety of your children.

Get mad and write. Those overpaid goons work for us. Make them mind. Heel goons! Use the power of the word. Word is law.

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Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers is the author of the novels Say My Name (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), Friday Water (Cormorant Books, 2003) and The Empress Letters (Cormorant Books, 2007). She has also published several collections of poetry, including Love in the Rainforest (Exile Editions, 1996), Heaven Cake (Sono Nis Press, 1997), The Saning (Sono Nis Press, 1999) and The Bursting Test (Guernica Editions, 2002).

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