Sonia Di Placido is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, The Writer’s Union of Canada, The Canadian Women in The Literary Arts and The Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. An Associate Editor of Juniper Poetry Magazine, she has poems published by Carousel, Puritan, The White Wall Review, Jacket2, Canthius, The California Journal of Women Writers, and Juniper. In September 2016, she was part of the China Writers Association International Writer’s Residency for the cities of Tianjin, Binhai, and Beijing. Sonia teaches English as a Second Language with LINC Ontario part-time. Her first book Exaltation in Cadmium Red was published by Guernica Editions in 2012.
This fall Sonia will launch her second full-length book of poetry, FLESH. Below she shares two poems from her upcoming release. Visit Sonia’s blog for more information.
The quiet Fleur-de-lys
sprout a warning
of the sovereign knot—
My knotted Francophone friend,
bearing her necklace, its charm
this 400th weekend, 24th of June.
Marie de Medici isn’t eager
to cross these icy skins, our lapping
ocean and rivers that hide
poison ivy in spring
(among fern ghettos)
Shield shelved into rock,
this greener ground
(jewels of silver
cast under Champlain’s shores—
Temiskaming and Ville Marie.
Our kindred bovinae spirits—
Wilder-ness-Miss Buffalo exiled.
Reproducing nil, we wile
Frayed grass flowers align
between province and providence.
In blood, we draw iron from these plants
that seep it out of soil—we are
diagnosed with mineral deficiency.
Our “teeth and bones, once coral”
now white, the ovaries turned to fluorite.
This wit-warm womb peeks out, first
to grow tentacles from a dark vessel
evading space debris
I come, Luna bound, brave,
my bounce a touch of dust
in dirt-dry elements—
they blow upward at non-gravity,
wound with empty craters.
Hellas basin is the first to hear
my delayed arrival in waves
to you, moon, a wound
wound in your own evening.
Sunlight and dark of earth-day—
you, moon, my rounder egg,
we are a non-encounter.
Sonia Di Placido visits Brockton Writers Series on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in our new home, Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto, at 6:30pm (PWYC) alongside Alicia Elliott, Crystal Mars, and Anar Ali. Our special guest speaker will be announced soon!