Jim’s Camp by Joseph LaBine

Poem title: Jim’s Camp Poet: Joseph LaBine Poem: for the Antoines At Mountainview Camsell Bend sun peaks behind knocked down walls bear-barriers cut Jack pine current, jetfast, pulls the boat from its rope Commotion Fire cracks chopping toncs water plipps labrador tea boils over mint, rat root dry sacks by stove Night Sunrise beats morning hides behind Jim’s canvas tent lights up mountains darks cellphone pictures of the board covering the hole where the bear tore through Leave Paddle past trees tossed down by a mudslide Jim hides moose antlers there Later In a bushplane over Simpson Laird out to Nah?ą Dehé then Little Doctor Lake Pay the land, air, river, falls with tobacco End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Joseph LaBine Appears in the League of Canadian Poets’ Fresh Voices 21, edited by Joan Conway and Blaine Marchand. Joseph LaBine’s writing has appeared in White Wall, Half A Grapefruit Magazine, Red River Review, Anti-Heroin Chic and others. In 2016, Flat Singles Press published his chapbook, Vancal. He lives in Yellowknife.


This poem first appeared in Fresh Voices 21, a project from and for the League’s associate members, edited by Joan Conway (Check out her personal blog!) and Blaine Marchand. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this opportunity to showcase the work of our associate members in this series!

Fresh Voices 21 includes poetry by: Lisa Alletson, Moni Brar, Neall Calvert, Melanie Flores, Michelle Hillyard, Frank Klaassen, Joseph LaBine, Josephine LoRe, John Oross and Nan Williamson.

Check out Fresh Voices 21