Poetry Pause: Adèle Barclay — Live Through This

Poem Author: Adele Barclay Poem title: Live Through This Poem: Tori Amos taught me about the volcanic goddess Pele and breakups. I carried From the Choirgirl Hotel with me every day in middle school. Even though I didn’t have a Discman, I’d pop it into the CD-ROM of my workstation during Computer Lab and listen with my older sister’s headphones, she wore Le Chateau black lace and clumpy mascara, eternally Courtney Love in all her bruised incarnations, sober-winged angel moulting busted guts and gravel growls. These days my sister and I convene easily over a common enemy, but without trauma as our anchor, the connection gets choppy. I exit the bus to hear her voice more clearly as it filters into the left earbud of my broken headset. She is thirty-seven and our parents want to lock her in the basement with our mother’s boxes of undeveloped film. I advise, Take to the sky and, Tell yourself the house burnt down. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Adèle Barclay from Renaissance Normcore (Nightwood Editions, 2019) Adèle Barclay's writing has appeared in Vallum, The Heavy Feather Review, glitterMOB, The Pinch, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Puritan, PRISM international, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 Lit POP Award for Poetry and the 2016 Walrus Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, (Nightwood, 2016) won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her second collection of poetry, Renaissance Normcore, was recently published by Nightwood Editions. She was Arc Magazine's 2018-19 Poet in Residence and Canadian Women in Literary Arts 2016 Critic in Residence. She is an editor at Rahila's Ghost Press and the 2020 Writer in Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley.