migratory patterns by Moni Brar

Poet name: Moni Brar Poem name: migratory patterns Poem: our stories entwine, then diverge. we wait  for this landscape to become ruin to become  memory. we oscillate between the need to  surrender or survive, wait for the anonymity  of history. she remembers palm fronds scratching  the back of her neck, hands fanning long after sleep,  body filling with tamarind dreams, awakening  in the damp hours to watch a mourning dove  swallow the moon whole. I marvel at how a prairie wind  can blow and blow on a mirrored surface  and soothe a raven’s head. I’ve learned  how to watch the skies on a sliver of lake,  how a chinook arch can bend the universe or follow a corridor of veins on every plot of skin. End of poem.  Credits and bio: Copyright © Moni Brar Previously published in The Literary Review of Canada, vol. 29, no. 8, October 2021, p. 33. Moni Brar (she/her) was born in rural India, raised in northern British Columbia, and now lives as a settler on Mohkínsstsisi, the unceded territories of the Treaty 7 signatories and Metis Nation Region 3 (Calgary). She has multiple nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, was the winner of the 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award and has received writing honours from SAAG, PRISM international, Subnivean and Room Magazine. Her creative work explores the immigrant experience, diasporic guilt, and religious violence and can be found in Best Canadian Poetry, The New Quarterly, Passages North, Prairie Fire, CV2, and Hobart, among others. She believes art contains the possibility of healing.