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RAOUL FERNANDES

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Daniel took an axe to a young fir tree in the grove behind the dance school. Trevor immersed himself in a book on the elements of typography. Clive smashed his mother’s favourite vase and spent the next week painstakingly gluing the pieces back together.

Rob spent all his free time at the gym, building a coat of muscle around his slender frame. Michael gazed at his drink as if it were a jar of dimly glowing fireflies. James listened to an old murder ballad for an entire night, becoming more and more gentle with each repeat.

Adam began his fight for the preservation of bird habitat in his community. Spencer bought a beautiful motorcycle that spoke like a lion. David went on a pilgrimage in Spain, the Camino de Santiago.

Ian didn’t feel anything until he saw the ravaged fir tree in the grove behind the dance school. Then her name hit him like a flood. Billy gave up smoking. Patrick started.

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RAOUL FERNANDES

Raoul Fernandes has been published in Poetry Is Dead, EVENT and Contemporary Verse 2. In 2010 he was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for emerging writers. He is at work on his first book-length manuscript of poetry. He lives and writes in Vancouver.


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