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McBurney Park

by Bruce Kauffman



clear black sky


under a full moon

sifting through the soil

a skeleton’s memory

casts upward its white shadow

               as ghost


so translucent

            so light

gravity does not understand

cannot tame




its texture         thinness

the same

as a splinter of day

a sliver of air


hangs here tonight

floats frozen

in the darkness


waits for morning


a new day


hoping for resurrection

               life again


to be reborn


to get lost in days’ own

living light and

               become it


About this Poem

Who is Bruce Kauffman?

Poet Bruce Kauffman is featured in the documentary "Who Is Bruce Kauffman?" This unique film anthology follows a day in the life of Bruce Kauffman and features several of Kingston's finest poets and filmmakers. It will screen on Friday March 1 as part of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival (KCFF).

Deepen your experience by borrowing a selection of poetry at our pop-up library prior to the screening. Doors to the venue will open at 8:15 p.m., and the screening will begin at 9 p.m.

This event requires tickets, which may be purchased from the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.

  • When: Friday, March 1, 8:15 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Where: Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, 390 King Street West

For tickets and info please visit the Kingston Canadian Film Festival website

You can find works by Bruce Kauffman in the KFPL catalogue.

About the Poetry Blackboard

The Poetry Blackboard showcases poems curated by Kingston's Poet Laureate and written by Kingston poets. There's a new poem every month, written by poets living and dead, historical and contemporary, published and unpublished, adults and children, giving full range to the cultural voice of Kingston. Started in 2015 by Helen Humphreys, the Poetry Blackboard will be continued as of 2019 by Jason Heroux.

News About the Poetry Blackboard

We wish to thank Helen Humphreys, Kingston's second Poet Laureate, for her generous support of emerging and established poets in Kingston through library programming and our Poetry Blackboard project. Throughout her four years as Poet Laureate, Helen curated a digital collection of poetry to showcase the talents of local creators of all ages, both historic and contemporary. Helen also offered several opportunities for emerging poets to develop their craft, offering group workshops and one-on-one mentorship. Her active engagement with the library and community has been greatly appreciated.

We welcome our incoming Poet Laureate, Jason Heroux, and look forward to working together to continue the Poetry Blackboard and develop new community programming.

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