Near Miss







Near Miss


By Laura Matwichuk


NOT YET PUBLISHED
0-88971-353-7
978-0-88971-353-6
Nightwood Editions
5.5 x 8 - 96 pages
Paperback - $18.95
April 2019



Near Miss considers the relationship between close calls and the tenuous conditions of contemporary life. From actual cataclysms such as meteor collisions and volcanic eruptions to everyday failures and accidents, these inventive poems collide with the perpetual unease created by life’s unpredictability while contemplating mortality, fragility, gratitude and hopefulness.


When the Emergency Broadcast System proclaims


this is only a test, you leave the TV on


because you’ve gotten used to the sound.


You keep waiting for the heat to come on,


for the regular broadcast to resume,


for a new sensation to quicken inside you


like the sight of that fleet of ghost planes


lifted from the desert, reanimated,


hovering over your house as if everything is fine.


—“Decommissioned Planes”