EXCERPTS FROM THE SHORTLIST: CORNELIA HOOGLAND

 

 

excerpt from Trailer Park Elegy by Cornelia Hoogland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (my brother, shouting) I never know what city you’re in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never know where you are. Where are you?

 

 

I was
on a fast track, on
my motivated way
.               somewhere.

Bristling metals.

Sky Train. Subway. Autobahn. Metro. Tube.

Because we’re all speeding
east or west in our little vehicles,
in the dashboard’s glow,
pitching who knows where.

I heard his suffering.
I drove harder, faster.

Too late now. Tide
returns, floods
into Deep Bay,
             ebbs into the Pacific,
             widening, spreading.

I slump into the steering wheel.

I see now
it’s not his—
this darkness

that split open

at his death.

It’s mine. Always has been.

from Trailer Park Elegy by Cornelia Hoogland, shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award
Harbour Publishing | 2017 | 88 Page | $18.95 | Purchase online

Photo by Jennifer Armstrong.

Cornelia Hoogland writes about, and sits on panel discussions of the Long Poem form. Hoogland’s full-length play RED (Fountainhead Theatre, directed by John Gerry), is based on the fairy tale, Red Riding Hood, as is Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn), which was short-listed for the ReLit Award for Poetry. Two short-list nods from the CBC Literary Prizes include Tourists Stroll a Victoria Waterway (Poetry) and Sea Level (nonfiction). Cornelia Hoogland lives and writes on Hornby Island, British Columbia, in the Salish Sea.