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Table of contents

I.
Ladner / 9
The Tinsmith / 13
Hell's Gate: 1913 / 17
West Coast Winter: 1942 / 19
1958 / 21
The Photograph / 22
After Proust / 25
Taking Tea to my Father / 28
Second Home / 29
Strike / 30
Old Fishermen: 1973 / 31

II.
Sockeye Salmon / 33
Dog Salmon / 34
Jack Spring / 35
Steelhead, Spawning / 37
Dolly Varden / 38
Sturgeon / 39
Oolichan / 42
Bullhead / 43
The Last Sockeye / 45
Poker / 47
Midnight / 48
Young Eagle on a Piling / 49
Canoe Pass / 51

III.
Aprons / 53
Skullcaps / 54
Gumboots / 55
Gaff-hooks / 56
Tidebook / Fishbook / 57
Smokehouse / 58
After Learning my Girlfriend might be Pregnant / 59
Looking Home, Sad as the Rain / 61
Tides (a Poem to Myself) / 63
For an Unidentified Body Found Floating in the Fraser River / 65
Rivermouth / 66
Westham Island / 67
On the Disappearance of Two Million Sockeye Salmon / 68
A Postcard from British Columbia to Newfoundland / 69
Desire / 71
Sunset: Ladner Harbour / 73
Fall Fishing / 74
Gutting / 77
Winter / 79