Litterchur by Jeff Parent

Poem name: Litterchur Poet name: Jeff Parent Poem: Inna field way back a the house I foun a detetive book all bulged an doggert some tore out pages flappin on the barbwire also by that threat fence there a bustup suitcase fell from a airplane maybe open empty red someone ownt it once I like sittin in it keeps the prickers an the dogshit offa my cordroys next thing usual is way off porch door fusses Suzanne hollers Barry supper second time pist then not again if she wantit me shed come so I stay put read quiet my swole book End of poem. Credits and bio: Copyright © Jeff Parent Previously published in Voices: Journal of the Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group, Volume 18, Number 1 BK Publishing, 2018. Originally from Montréal, Jeff Parent is a dad, some kind of poet, and a graduate of Concordia University’s Creative Writing MA program. Over the past decade, his poems have been published in a perfectly respectable variety of print journals, collections, and online outlets. Jeff was a runner up in The Fiddlehead’s Tell It Slant poetry contest in 2016 and tied for third for the Words(on)Pages Blodwyn Memorial Prize in 2017. In 2021, Jeff’s poems were shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Open Season Contest, Arc Poetry Magazine’s Award of Awesomeness, FreeFall Magazine’s annual poetry contest, Pulp Literature’s Magpie Award for Poetry, and the Cheltenham Poetry Festival’s Wild Poem contest in the United Kingdom. In 2022, Jeff was longlisted in the Wildfire Words Every Breath competition, again in the UK. His first chapbook, This Bygone Route, was published in 2020 by 845 Press (The/tƐmz/Review). Jeff and his family currently reside in Nova Scotia. He finds biographical statements tedious and excessive.