WOOL WATER | JC Bouchard

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by JC Bouchard


32 pages | $10.00 | 978-0-9940839-5-1


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WOOL WATER is a sparse but image-heavy long poem. Using simple language, each short section compares parts of the Icelandic landscape with apathy, loneliness and loss. The speaker struggles for absolution. They strive to coalesce in nature without relinquishing identity. But can we wholly exist without sacrificing humility? Is it possible to live without self-deceit? Can we foster a homeostasis within ourselves?



Two sections from WOOL WATER




at the city’s edge


where none

have been before.


They remain

in spite of memory.


Who is to say

they are there now.



I google Icelandic escorts,


learn dark-skinned men

are preferred.


I am not surprised.


A little


JC BOUCHARD was born in Elliot Lake, a former mining town in northern Ontario. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Arc, untethered, (parenthetical), and The Quilliad. In 2013, one of his poems was long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize and another received Honourable Mention for the John Newlove Poetry Award from Bywords. His first chapbook, Portraits, was published by In/Words Press. He lives in Toronto. Connect with him online: jcbouchard.com.