Eratio Issue 17




library cards (taken from cape breton university)


by Sean Howard





i. on the margins of modernity


the truth always lying

between written & read. (


‘author’ – the double in

jeopardy.) poetry? the


missing words. si-

lence: God verb-







ii. believing in magic


returning: the sun’s

greeting... (the taken


bough.) peasants: little

people. uncharmed exist-


ence? ‘postmythic’;

apollo on the







iii. the highland bagpipe


afterlife: playing scot-

land. (english: the empire


drones…) glasgow, chants

from pakistan. silence; high-


land clearance. after

all, the graceful












Sean Howard is the author of Local Calls (Cape Breton University Press, 2009) and Incitements (Gaspereau Press, 2011).  His poetry has been published in numerous Canadian and international magazines, and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 (Tightrope Books).