Literary Orphans

Rosa Alchymist by Amy LeBlanc

In the late months of autumn,

he sat on a timbered bench

and stuck pins in the piths

of flower stems.

The butcher watched from her window

and left smears from her apron

and jagged prints on the glass.

A rabbit lay on her table

with legs like formal white gloves.

She asked the rabbit to stop

peering at her like it wanted

to tell a fib.

She left the shop

with the rabbit at her side

  to twist across cobblestones,

balancing flowers and envelopes

filled with moist whey and grain.

As petals cut through the florid spray,

she fastened the boutonniere

against her collar,

cotton and spattered with red.

The flowers smelled

  like decay and ether

as she padded home

in the late months of autumn.

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Amy LeBlanc holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and creative writing from the University of Calgary. She is currently non-fiction editor at filling Station magazine. Her work has appeared, or is scheduled to appear in Room, Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, Geez, and EVENT among others. Amy won the 2018 BrainStorm Poetry Contest for her poem ‘Swell’. She is the author of two chapbooks, most recently “Ladybird, Ladybird” published with Anstruther Press in August 2018. She will be attending an Emerging Writers Intensive at the Banff Centre for the Arts in October 2018.

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–Art by Jaime Ryan