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November-December 2012

2012 Great Canadian Literary Hunt: 3rd place poetry winner

Dan MacIsaac

Layer

Freakbird
crammed with debeaked
broilers into a battery cage
24/7 above a conveyer belt
running eggs & shit
out of sight.

Transgenic mutant,
all our sci-fi fantasies
of star voyages,
extraterrestrial traffic
& galactic superpowers
are reduced to you,

hormone-pumped,
gene-spliced producer
of engineered food –
ovoid fodder fried
in greasy spoon diners
sunny-side up.

Recently, Dan MacIsaac’s poetry appeared in Cirque and Prairie Fire.  He has short fiction forthcoming in Dalhousie Review.  His verse translations have been published in a wide variety of literary magazines.  “Layer” is from a series of poems.

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