Jaws (1975) by Sennah Yee




It reminds me of you—no, not the shark. The shooting star in that quiet scene on the
boat, beautiful but brief.






Copyright © Sennah Yee. Originally published in Arc Poetry Magazine (Issue 86, Summer 2018).


Sennah Yee is from Toronto, where she writes poetry, prose, and film criticism. She is the author of the poetry/non-fiction collection How Do I Look? (Metatron Press, 2017) which dissects pop culture through personal anecdotes. Currently, Sennah is the Arts Editor at Shameless, a magazine for young women and trans youth. Her first children’s book, My Day with Gong Gong, inspired by Chinatown and her grandpa, is forthcoming from Annick Press in 2021.

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In publication for over 40 years, Arc Poetry Magazine publishes three issues a year including a themed issue each Fall. Arc nurtures and promotes the composition and appreciation of poetry in Canada and abroad, with particular but not exclusive emphasis on poetry written by Canadians. In addition to publishing and distributing the work of poets, Arc also organizes and administers awards, contests, public readings and other events.

This poem was selected for Poetry Pause by Adèle BarclayArc‘s current Poet-in-Residence. Arc’s Poet-in-Residence program offers the country-wide community of writers a chance to work with an influential Canadian poet. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with the Poet-in-Residence to hone and shape their poems over a one-month period. Between 30 and 60 poets participate each year.

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