Speeding north: Vancouver
by Diane Tucker
Two arcs of bridge lights (as if the stars
had been arranged in lockstep rows),
then down, dropped into the nest of neon.
Bus trolleys clack; neon rises and falls:
lines of pink and blue, the Eiffel tower
traced in light; a red C; a purple Z.
There’s only so far north you can go.
I get out there, find the edge and stare
across at the unapproachable mountain.
Behind me the city sleeps like a dog
curled in an exhausted ball; it chases
imaginary rabbits: it twitches in its dreams.
Diane Tucker’s first poetry book, God on His Haunches, was
published by British Columbia’s Nightwood Editions in 1996. Her
second book of poems, The Bright Scarves of Hours, is forthcoming
from Ontario’s Palimpsest Press in September of 2007. Tucker’s
poems have been published in more than forty journals in Canada and
abroad, including Harvard Review, The Absinthe Literary Review,
Canadian Literature, Descant, Prism International, and The
Dalhousie Review. Her website is located at www.dianetucker.info.
On “Speeding north: Vancouver”:
I’ve taken the Number 10 Hastings bus down Granville Street into
downtown Vancouver hundreds of times, but one night, a shiny,
rainy, stereotypical Vancouver night, everything I saw meant more
somehow. I guess I was thinking how the city’s changed since I
was born there almost 42 years ago. Even though Vancouver,
still a young city, has taken over the last few years to wearing too
much make-up and unbuttoning her shirt a little too low to attract
the cool guys, I still remember her when she was a sweet,
interesting nobody in comfortable shoes who was perfectly happy
with bad Chinese food, walking in the rain, a romantic movie and
a slice of (non-gourmet) pizza. I still want to think of her that way
and I don’t think she likes it.
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