Retrouver — Nolan Natasha

The burgers come slow 

and we talk about next time 

I’d like to be a man, you say 

but you take this back before pointing 

your phone at the grackle 

leering at our table. You 

have a thing for the ugly birds,  

post them on Instagram #nofilter. 

Or maybe, I’ll be a tree 

you keep talking, but I stop 

listening, let one thought 

pass, like clouds, through me 

no, please 

next time 

be exactly the same 


Nolan Natasha is a queer and trans writer from Toronto, currently living in Nova Scotia. His poems have appeared in The PuritanThe Stinging Fly, Event, Grain, Prairie Fire, and Plenitude. He has been a finalist for the CBC poetry prize, the Geist postcard contest, Room Magazine’s poetrycontest, and was the runner-up for the Thomas Morton fiction prize. His first full-length poetry collection is forthcoming with Invisible Publishing in the fall of 2019.



Canthius celebrates poetry and prose by women, trans, nonbinary, Two-Spirited, and genderqueer/gender non-conforming writers. The magazine is published bi-annually on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabeg and the traditional territory of the Ojibway and the Mississaugas of the New Credit. Recognizing the historical underrepresentation of certain groups in the Canadian literary arts, Canthius is committed to publishing diverse perspectives and promoting equity in the literary arts.


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