Pixelated Stars by Kat Cameron

Poem title: Pixelated Stars

Poet name: Kat Cameron

Poem:             Opening ceremony

                       Pyeongchang, Korea. February 9, 2018



starlings swirl

                       in black ideograms on a pale

                                               winter sky   


quadcopters swoop in synced patterns—

                       multi-rotors whirring

                                               mechanical murmurations


a phosphorous skier surfs

                       sinuous slashes

                                               across the hills of Pyeongchang


colour-coded combinations


                                               in the billions


aerial drones float across

                       night’s canvas            

                                               cut into pixelated stars

End of poem.

Credits and bio: Copyright © Kat Cameron

Kat Cameron is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her second poetry collection Ghosts Still Linger (University of Alberta Press, 2020) won the High Plains Book Award for poetry in 2021 and was a finalist for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. Her collection of short stories, The Eater of Dreams (Thistledown Press, 2019), was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Recent work has been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, Capital City Press Anthology 3, Literary Review of Canada, Prairie Fire, and Vallum Magazine. She lives on Treaty 6 territory and teaches creative writing at Concordia University of Edmonton.