And Now, A Poem: “young love” by E.J. Pratt Poetry Award Nominee Robin Durnford

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Robin Durnford’s poetry collection Half Rock (Gaspereau Press, 2016) has been nominated for the 2017 E.J. Pratt Award, along with Michael Crummey’s Little Dogs and Patrick Warner’s Octopus.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday May 3rd at a ceremony at Government House in St. John’s.

Durnford’s earlier collection A Lovely Gutting was shortlisted for the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador Heritage & History Award, and her illustrated chapbook, Fog of the Outport (artwork by Meagan Musseau) was the subject of a 2013 CBC Land & Sea documentary.

“young love”

 “Fuck off reject.”
“WOAH BITCH.”
“Dickwads.”
“Butterface.”
“Faggot.”
“Wanna go for a ride?”
“We have beer.”
“Where’d you get beer?”
“Secret.”
“We’re gonna light a fire down da beach. Wanna come?”
“Nah. Not today boys. Gotta help me Dad with his traps.”
“Any lobsters.”
“A few but no price.”
“Your Dad gotta give this shit up.”
“Idiot.”
“Lizzy.”
“Shitface.”
“Coming or wha?”
“Not today boys.”

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