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Pleistocene Love

Tanis MacDonald

I am lonely as the walrus who floated  

to the coast of Ireland, equipped for  

 

cold but not for the jockeying  

elbows of gawkers, a pinniped  

 

gone viral, fin flapped over her eyes,  

Weltschmerz sharp as Garbo’s.  

 

A rosmarus by any other name  

would be as tusked. Stay me with  

 

blubber, comfort me with clams,  

for I am thick of tongue.   

Tanis MacDonald is a poet, nonfiction writer, and professor.  Her most recent book, Mobile (Book*hug 2019), was longlisted for the 2020 Toronto Book Award. Recent poems and essays have appeared in The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, and Understorey. She lives in southwestern Ontario in Canada