Yarmouth County by Annick MacAskill

Poem title: Yarmouth County Poet name: Annick MacAskill Poem Begins: A simple house, its windows elevated over Chebogue Point, the blond panels rendered still paler in whitewash. Ducks drift in the river to where it cedes to marsh grasses, threaded through winter’s last snow. And the geese rinse their necks, four bass clefs dipped beneath the sky’s greyed mirror—emerge flickering with water and sunbeam, their new home temporary, though not without heft. Today the clouds will change colour with every passing hour. Today the shower’s fog will clutch at the bathroom glass, softening the reflection of our faces, while the flock’s baroque gasp vibrates through the windows— dampened, but constant. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Annick MacAskill First appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, later published in Murmurations (Gaspereau Press, 2020). Annick MacAskill is the author of No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), a finalist for the JM Abraham Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Murmurations (Gaspereau Press, 2020). Her third full-length collection will appear with Gaspereau Press in the spring of 2022. She lives in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia), which is part of Mi’kma’ki, the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.