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The Bathymetry of Lax Kwaxl
A poetry chapbook by Sheila Peters
One week, one year, one lifetime of paddling
does not reveal the bathymetry of Lax Kwaxl.
Islands float and the ocean becomes dry land.
The minus tides slit the belly and stories spill
glistening out: a scuttling crab, the foot
of a moon snail sliding from its shell.
Sheila Peters, born and raised in Powell River, studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa before moving to Smithers in northwest BC, where she has worked as a weaver, college instructor, publisher, environmental and human rights activist, as well as a writer.
Her previous books include fiction, non-fiction and poetry; her last poetry project was the weather from the west, a collaboration with visual artist Perry Rath. The Bathymetry of Lax Kwaxl was a runner-up in the 2015 Malahat Review long poem contest. For more information about Sheila go to www.sheilapeters.com.