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Steven Mayoff

Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal, lived in Toronto for 17 years and moved to Prince Edward Island in 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada and the U.S. as well as in Ireland, Algeria, France, Wales, England and Croatia. He has written two books of fiction: the story collection Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press, 2009) and the novel Our Lady Of Steerage (Bunim & Bannigan, 2015).  

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from Leonard's Flat (2018)



I was told this is
the one that
hung in
your last room your last
link to a

life’s work.
A world of cockerels
held up as helpless
and proud.
I was told your waning

good days were few
filled by silences
the distance
of a clothesline
with peg-winged

dresses dancing
for the sun.
This is a window
to happiness
where you

and I exist
on either side
of the imaginary
glass the flat

known as Cockerel’s Law.
For every likeness
lost in a grey labyrinth
there is another
to be found

within vibrant borders.