The Sao Paulo Novotel by Kyeren Regehr

POET NAME: Kyeren Regehr POEM TITLE: The Sao Paulo Novotel POEM: She poses on the balcony, restlessly tousled, belly half-full of coffee and sticky pastries, Behind her a twelve foot sign rides the side of the hotel, morning sky promises a glossy touristy blue. Her friend snapped the shot before they noticed the shanty town across the street, before they watched the barefoot boy drag a sheet of plywood into the tin and cardboard beehive rising out of the mud. He’s doll-sized in the photo, a blotch beyond the white-washed walls, geranium-stuffed flowerbeds and latticed columns of bougainvillea. The board casts him in shadow, a brown shirt drapes his body feet dirty to the knees. She too is barefoot, polished pink toenails peek from beneath a velvety robe monogrammed with the hotel logo. Later, she will stop at a mall, buy her daughter a pair of leather sandals with cherry buttons. END OF POEM. CREDITS: Copyright © Kyeren Regehr Kyeren Regehr lives and writes on Vancouver Island. Her first full length collection, Cult Life (Pedlar Press), was launched right before the global pandemic hit British Columbia (and CBC placed Cult Life on their 2020-spring-poetry-books-to-watch-out-for list right before all the bookstores closed). Kyeren’s poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, Australia and America. Her work has been longlisted for the CBC poetry prize three times, and has twice received grants from Canada Council for the Arts. Some of her fondest memories include time served on the poetry board of The Malahat Review.