Poetry Pause x Biblioasis: Christopher Evans — Marketplace

Poem Author: Christopher Evans Poem title: Marketplace Poem: and another thing the realtor says is Listen, kids, I’ve been around the block for a cool decade. Think I’m bullshitting you? I practically invented Selfie- with-Misspelled-Name-on-Starbucks-Cup and our eyes flit to the desk where a marble paperweight in the shape of an inukshuk throws shade across his nameplate You and I, we’ve always been suckers for stacked rocks and authority figures with sun-damaged hair, so we shrink back and whisper We don’t know where we belong dropping hands below the city’s sight to make fishhooks of our pinkies He laughs You think someone gave me a trout? I had to learn to and makes a casting motion, silver watch leaping at his wrist and we know this is where home is, shy of the surface, hooked always and thrashing beneath. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Christopher Evans. Originally appeared in The Maynard (2018). Also appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019 (Biblioasis, 2019). Reprinted with permission of the author. Christopher Evans lives in Vancouver. He is a graduate of UBC’s MFA in Creative Writing program and a former editor at PRISM international. His work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including The Literary Review, Going Down Swinging, EVENT, The Moth, and Little Fiction’s A Mixtape of Words, and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He teaches creative writing to children. Biblioasis is a literary press based in Windsor, Ontario committed to publishing the best poetry, fiction and nonfiction in beautifully crafted editions. Best Canadian Poetry 2019 edited by guest editor Rob Taylor, series editor Anita Lahey, and advisory editor Amanda Jernigan (Biblioasis, 2019)

About Best Canadian Poetry:

Launched in 2008 by Tightrope Books with former series editor Molly Peacock, the Best Canadian Poetry Series features fifty Canadian poets annually, drawn from Canadian literary journals magazines, both print and on-line. Each year, a distinguished guest editor (2008, Stephanie Bolster; 2009, A.F. Moritz; 2010, Lorna Crozier; 2011, Priscila Uppal; 2012, Carmine Starnino; 2013, Sue Goyette; 2014, Sonnet L’Abbé; Jacob McArthur Mooney, 2015, Helen Humphreys, 2016, Hoa Nguyen, 2018) selects the poems based on their intellectual, artistic, or inventive merit. The editorial taste changes with each new volume. The special Best of the Best Canadian Poetry: Tenth Anniversary Edition celebrates ten stellar years of the series.

As of 2019, the series is being published by Biblioasis and currently thrives under the stewardship of series editor Anita Lahey and advisory editor Amanda Jernigan. Best Canadian Poetry ushers readers into the heart of the diverse Canadian poetry scene. The anthology is a must-read for anyone with a stake or interest in contemporary Canadian literature.