Leah MacLean-Evans

Designed by Megan Fildes

Name Me After a Fish” by Leah MacLean-Evans
from the 2018 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet

Goldeye or Cichlid 
silver and smooth and genderless, make me
as an alien, forget 
the rules, name me 
Corydoras of two halves, name me Coelacanth
for surviving 
name me Plecostromus
name me Trout 
name me Catfish 
let them imagine my genitals as smooth
tough skin, not think to touch them. 
Say, let me introduce Pickerel. 
Say, have you met my friend Haddock.
Say, this is my daughter Herring. 
And I will breathe water in and through me,
swim flicking in the slip 

 

Winner of the 2018 National Broadsheet Contest from the League of Canadian Poets