Sunday, 27 November 2011


Traffic lights, flagmen, hot tar;
Fender bender, rubber necking, jam;
More jam, detour jack-knifed boat;
Six twenty, thirty, forty-five, late.

Bryan Douglas Cook November 2011

Context for Destination
At a TREE Seed workshop with Monty Reid we were preparing a “poetic map”. In addition to mapping our journey to TREE that evening were asked to write a short poem about it to reflect our trip and feelings. I tried to wrap an internal non rhyming string of bad trip events in a blanket of rhyming feelings. The poem was drafted on a napkin in D’Arcy McGee’s Pub (Robertson Road, Nepean).

The marvelous photograph of a nighttime road repaving crew ,'Road Crew 29,' is by Ramses Madina, an Ottawa photographer and film-maker, from his exhibition at the Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery (photo courtesy Ramses Madina published in the Ottawa Citizen, November 17, 2011)

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