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NAME
Kevin Shaw

TITLE
"For the Birds"

CITY
London, ON

ENTRY IN FIVE-ISH WORDS
Young gay man considers fatherhood

BIO
Kevin Shaw lives in London, ON where he is a doctoral candidate in Canadian Literature at the University of Western Ontario. His research considers the poetics of censorship and border-crossing in contemporary queer writing. His poems have appeared in The Malahat Review, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Plenitude, Arc, and Contemporary Verse 2. He won the Grand Prize in Arc's Poem of the Year contest in 2015.

EXCERPT

There is always a crying baby. On mornings when both the deodorant and the tooth paste have run out, the sky opens with rain and I've realized too late that I left my umbrella at work the day before, and the bus is late and overcrowded when it arrives steamy with morning bodies and wet - there is always a crying baby, as certain as farting in yoga class. The baby screams seemingly just for me, an amanuensis of rage, to express the pain of not getting there quite yet.