Where The Hours Go by John Elizabeth Stintzi

John Elizabeth Stintzi – “Where The Hours Go” – Upcoming in Issue 9 of Canthius (Sept 2021)  Between the spreading toes. On the finger print smudges of the coffeemaker. Among the pruned plants in the yard, drizzling along the knife sharp –ener, the blade's acute angle. Buttoning the nose. Bridging the car. Pulling at the briefs stuck between the buttocks, soaping the buttocks, edging at the word buttocks and the other word yet unrecalled. Recalling the sounds for unrequited poetry. Inflating the ballast, ballasting the conflations, revisiting the minute and her sounds. Oh, how her sounds tug me along these graticules, like a web spidering synapses, a nerve swynking at the cold. These hours go on holding short syllables accountable. Yanking at sanctions, seconds haranguing moments of revelation. Spooking out a long word for shortly. Gerunding out these huge days of June.  Bio: John Elizabeth Stintzi is an award-winning non-binary writer who grew up on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. Their work has been awarded the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, The Malahat Review’s 2019 Long Poem Prize, and the Sator New Works Award. JES is the author of the novels My Volcano (2022) and Vanishing Monuments, as well as the poetry collection Junebat. They live with their wife in the United States.

Canthius celebrates poetry and prose by women, trans men, non-binary, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming writers, and these poems were chosen to reflect that diversity. The poems also speak to the currency of the world and human occupation of these current times. Jacqueline Valencia’s “Micro macro” from Issue 2 (Spring/Summer 2016) and Faith Arkorful’s “Migrant worker as Temporary Illusionist” from Issue 5 (2018) reflects the relationship between the minutiae of micro and the overarching influence of the macro. Similarly, the three upcoming poems in Issue 9 (September 2021)—Jody Chan’s “stay at home order,” Bahar Orang’s “What can be disentangled from language,” and John Elizabeth Stintzi’s “Where The Hours Go”—point to how our relationality, or the way we relate to each other, has its basis in being human, being alive.

–Sanchari Sur, Former Managing Editor, Canthius

Cover image of Canthius, Issue 09. Image is colourful and depicts and the lower half of several bodies, from belly button to feet, displayed symetrically and artfully, reminiscent of flowers.

Canthius Issue 09 includes new writing from Callum Angus, Tara Borin, Sophie Crocker, Jody Chan, Sofia Ezdina, Jennifer Alicia Murrin, Alton Melvar M. Dapanas, Bahar Orang, Roshni Riar, John Elizabeth Stinzi, Hannah Senicar, Kate Sutherland, Erin Wilson. This issue’s featured visual artist is Caitlin McDonagh.