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Roll from Me like Water
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After you cry out
and roll from me like water,
you hold me to you.
I turn my head as tears come;
too soon to say I love you.
Rhonda Batchelor has worked in
and around publishing as a writer, editor, publisher, bookseller
and consultant since 1977. From 1990 to 1997 she and her late husband
Charles Lillard operated Reference West, a literary press, publishing
over 100 chapbooks of poetry and short fiction by some of Canada’s
finest writers. After Charles’s death, Rhonda continued the
series until 2000 and was host to the accompanying Hawthorne Series
of readings during those years. Her own books include Bearings
(Brick Books), Interpreting Silence and Weather Report
(Beach Holme Publishers). Her poetry, fiction, reviews and articles
have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Originally from
Brantford, Ontario, Rhonda has lived on Vancouver Island since 1971
and holds a BFA from The University of Victoria. She is currently
the Assistant Editor of The Malahat Review.
image: "Hand of God" © 2006 Rob McKinney