BWS 14.03.18: Sonia Di Placido

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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 CarouselPuritanThe White Wall ReviewJacket2CanthiusThe 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)

over granite

over ore.


Shield shelved into rock,

this greener ground

(jewels of silver

amber              quartz)

cast under Champlain’s shores—

Temiskaming and Ville Marie.


Our kindred bovinae spirits—

Wilder-ness-Miss Buffalo       exiled.

Reproducing nil, we wile

trampling trilliums.

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.


Luna Bound

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!


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