Poetry Pause x The Writer’s Studio at SFU: Megan J. Frazer — Hope Slide

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Poet name: Megan J. Frazer Poem title: Hope Slide Poem: 1972 yellow Datsun station wagon with a wayback trunk black cracked vinyl seats that stuck to the back of our legs during a summer trip to visit grandparents in Penticton. My brother and I, restless: kicked each other ate peanut butter cookies played eye spy shook our etch-a-sketches. As we climbed the two-lane mountain highway stuck between semi-trucks that serenaded us around tight curves, bashed metal guardrails with engine brake squeals dad insisted, quiet please mom said, pop your ears. We obeyed them both yawned, chewed, looked ahead or through our View-Masters at tiny pictures of American landmarks we never visited: Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful. Once the spearmint taste was gone, we scooched between the front seats pressed our gum into mom’s offered palm, knew this was love. They told us about the slide of '65 our grandparents just missed driving home from the coast after Christmas a week before the mountain cleaved and slid into the valley below. We slowed down near the site stopped for a pee break stretched our legs walked on the ground that used to be the mountain. Now there's a proper rest stop interpretation centre and memorial plaque dedicated to the Glory of God and the four who died. I still picture the people who were never recovered sitting whole and upright in a car without seat belts, suspended in granite and bad luck forever trapped, not crushed to metal dust or pounded into earth under 47 million cubic metres of bedrock and the new road. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Megan J. Frazer Megan J. Frazer is a poet and memoirist who sees language as a cathartic conduit connecting her inner worries to the outside world. She completed her undergrad at the University of British Columbia, majoring in history, and fed her love of writing by working at the university bookstore, selling expensive pens she could not afford. She graduated from the Writer's Studio at SFU in 2018. Her writing has appeared in The Writers Caravan (Otter Press). She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children, whom she no longer posts about on Facebook. The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University offers a community-focused approach to creative writing instruction, combining formal learning with individual mentorship and group workshops. This year-long, part-time program covers the theory, craft and business of writing and is structured to fit with your current work-life commitments.