compartment by Bruce MacDonald

having parents

backed into a corner

from ground seed to room sound

root branch to negligence

in the cold and away from the center

bodies beyond sight

how could something be beautiful

in such a strange light


Bruce MacDonald works full time as a community mental health worker in Toronto, Ontario. In terms of his writing, he was recently shortlisted for the Matrix 2013 LitPOP Award in poetry. He has published poetry in lichen literary journal, elimae online, sleepingfish, another toronto quarterly and the caterpillar chronicles. He has also contributed a poem to Gary Barwin’s online Heine project (
His book reviews have appeared in NOW Magazine, Popmatters and Metapsychology Online.