Pause For Poetry: Woman

A poem by Ian French

February 5,  2024

when U finally meet her
treat her kindly

for she has crossed deserts
whose names cannot be found
on any map, save those
women share with each other
over coffee and rage

survived the slow genocide
of invisible citizenship no man
whose lips are not sewn shut
— can understand

and knows things U have yet
to even consider

how to birth a future
how to bind a wound
and why the tides obey the moon

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IF’s poetry is a shout-out to the sacredness of our days, a three-chord party jam, and a tribute to the triumph of love over fear. Along with being a prolific writer of page poetry, IF is a two-time Canadian National Slam Poetry Champion, winner of the Buffalo International Slam, and subject of the full-length CBC documentary, If The Poet. He and his partner divide their time between Montreal and a cabin in the woods of North Ontario.

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