Poetry Pause x Augur: Tiffany Morris – In The Distance

Poem name: In The Distance Poem author: Tiffany Morris Poem: A woman is laughing to love songs on the radio, her vintage gold Cadillac stalling where streetlights stretch thin. Pull over [to the shoulder. Notice how her sigh tastes] There is smoke somewhere [in a forgotten field]. Behold her bruiseknuckled beauty: bite your lip & prick your hand on rose petals. Rub your tongue over the coral ledge of a chipped tooth. It draws blood or it doesn't. There is decay somewhere & salt on your hand. Grab at nothing. Grab at her grey laughter. She'll burst into a thousand embers & vanish clear into the darkening cathedral of stars. End of poem. Published in Augur Magazine, Issue 1.2, 2018 Tiffany Morris Bio: Tiffany Morris is a Mi’kmaw writer of speculative poetry from K'jipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia. She is the author of the chapbooks Havoc in Silence (Molten Molecular Minutiae, 2019) and It Came From Seca Lake! Horror Poems from Sweet Valley High (Ghost City Press, 2019). Her work has been featured in Augur Magazine, Room Magazine, Prairie Fire, and Eye to the Telescope, among others. Find her at tiffmorris.com or on twitter @tiffmorris.


About Augur: Augur is a literary magazine that believes we can better engage with our pasts, presents, and futures through stories that explore what-ifs and could-bes. We are excited by writing that is difficult to classify—whether speculative, surreal, or slightly strange. We’re interested in realist pieces that verge on the dreamlike; speculative stories that are almost realist; and, on top of that, any form of literary fantasy/science fiction/speculative fiction. Augur makes room for writing from uncommon perspectives, and brings together the often disparate realms of literary and genre fiction. Our goal is to publish at least 75% Canadian and Indigenous content, offering new opportunities to the rich communities of speculative fiction writers in the North. And, more importantly, we’re committed to featuring intersectional narratives as represented by characters, storytelling, and, in particular, author representation. We want the kind of liminal that pulls voices together, and honours difference as an integral part of our literary canon.