Pause for poetry:
Tamara Nazywalskyj /3

Next Season

A poem by Tamara Nazywalskyj

It would be my luck
that on suchnight,
such a night, indeed,
a tree would hit me.

Branch hung low
banging on this head,
I burn the mattress –
some hot knife through
you know.

Think about it
and when I think about it
only depression
minor chest
drowning in a cup of water, I

sunflower heads at sunset,
necks bent that eastern flow,
the night beheads me, as it does you,
and my seeds stick to the soil.

There’s a slight chill in the air
it’s me –
Queen of the couch and
my thoughts storm up

thinking that it is Saturday or Sunday or February, but
it is Friday night and I am home.

November Argo Reading Series

Tamara Nazywalskyj will read her poem as part of the November Argo Reading Series which will take place on Thursday, November 21 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Argo Bookshop, 1915 Ste-Catherine W, Montreal. More information about the event at

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Read also: other articles by Tamara Nazywalskyj 


Tamara Nazywalskyj is a Verdun, Montréal woman who works summers in construction, and winters in childcare in intercity schools. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Concordia University, where she is also earning her MA. Tamara’s anglo-franco writing has been featured in not one, but two issues of Montreal Serai, and in James Lyng’s, Lives of The South-West gallery. Catch more of her on Instagram @tammram.

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