Fire Glass

Blame it on the screw

tightening the slack waist

of an hourglass.


Touch, a measure of heat.

freckle, the end

of a match.


We rolled in smoke

despite the fire glass,

torn cloud with no address while


far beneath—

an animal trapped—


cries through hotel walls—

grasses of hair pushing through—


Catherine Graham

Winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW, Catherine Graham is the author of six poetry collections including The Celery Forest, a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017 and Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry. Author of the debut novel Quarry, she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto SCS where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. @catgrahampoet. Her poetry appears on Photo credit: Eduardo Martins