February 12, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Penn Kemp




As if you are leaping in the air



As if you are leaping in the air

with Virtue and Moir. As if you

are running perfect simulation.


Lift and fly. Figures are skating,

whirling to wild quads like Sufis

dancing in Dervish reverence.


Perfection swirls along an unseen

slip of water that allows for glide,

ice two inches thick. Blades glint.


Fantasy hovers, floats flawlessly,

describing meticulous arcs on ice,


in air. Geometry touched by magic,

projection spun on glass surface.


Le Petit Prince and his Rose criss-

cross the ice to mirror our neurons

effortlessly after ruthless practice.


One haptic system rings in tune with

the other not by happenstance but

exquisite design, creating the perfect


illusion of romance. This pair knows

their true trick is always in landing home.



This poem is dedicated to Canada’s flag bearers in the Olympics, ice dance team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir






Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp is an activist Canadian poet, playwright and editor.  Her latest works are two plays celebrating local hero and explorer, Teresa Harris, produced in 2017 and published by Playwrights Guild of Canada. Recent books include Barbaric Cultural Practice (quattrobooks.ca/books/barbaric-cultural-practice/) and two anthologies edited, Women and Multimedia and Performing Women (http://poets.ca/feministcaucus/livingarchives/). See www.pennkemp.weebly.com.

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