Canada, (b. 1971)
- The pot-bellied pigs were racing
- hard—only they weren’t pigs
- in the animal sense, they were
- cops—really really large cops
- who were racing bottle caps on
- the backs of stray dogs.
- They knew it was a strange
- hobby but rarely talked about
- it because to draw too much
- attention to what they were
- doing would take all the fun out
- of it—like a magician revealing
- to his audience the magic
- behind all of his tricks.
- One of the pot-bellied pigs
- brought a sad friend with him
- to watch the races. After five
- hours, the sad friend got bored
- and twitchy and said—what
- about all the crime we have to
- stop—you know the robbers,
- the thugs, and the stockbroker
- scammers. And we have to
- help the victims—you know,
- the people who get their bikes
- stolen. We can’t forget about
- Sweating and out of breath and
- embarrassed for his sad friend,
- the pot-bellied pig grabbed him
- by both wrists and squeezed
- hard. No, he said with his teeth
- clenched, we don’t have to do
- any of that. Our job is to finish
- this race.
About the Poet:
Kathryn Mockler (b. 1971) is a Canadian poet, writer, filmmaker, screenwriter and video artist. Mockler received her MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and her BA in Honours English and Creative Writing from Concordia University.
She is the author of the poetry books The Saddest Place on Earth (2012) and Onion Man (2011). Mockler has been published most recently in Lemon Hound, Pilot Pocket Books, Descant, The Windsor Review, The Capilano Reivew and Joyland.
Mockler teaches creative writing and screenwriting for the Department of English and Writing Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Currently, she is also the Toronto editor of Joyland, a hub for short fiction and the publisher and co-founder/co-editor of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque. [DES-07/14]
- Kathryn Mockler
- The Rusty Toque – an online literary and arts journal from Ontario, Canada. They reach out to the literary and art communities nationally and internationally and strive to publish diverse, innovative literary writing, reviews, and visual art from Canada and around the world.
- Joyland – a literary magazine that selects fiction and essays regionally. The editors work with stories and excerpts by authors connected to locales across North America.
- Lemon Hound – an online bi-monthly literary journal based at the English Department of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.