Julie Cameron Gray is originally from Sudbury, Ontario. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Distance Between Two Bodies(Cactus Press, 2005), and Coordinating Geometry (The Emergency Response Unit, 2012). Her poems have been published in Carousel, CV2, Event, The Fiddlehead, Misunderstandings Magazine, Prairie Fire, and PRISM International. She lives in Toronto. Her first full-length book of poems, Tangle will launch on Thursday July 18th, 7:30pm at The Mascot.
The Crocus as Lewis Carroll
The crocus has come to town. It’s at the Savoy
in a room full of blue moths, thinking of you.
There, the crocus is writing its last letters.
It begins each with my dearest heart
and none are sent. It fingers the curtains,
shreds its purple crown as the days grow
long and moody, and the cello calls
for its resignation, holds three ribbons
of orange light for ransom. The crocus
is a silkworm, the calf that will be veal.
(My dearest heart: I see a crocus in your hair,
a crocus on your brow. Your heart, a crocus…)
The crocus stalks you, still.