"The 21-lb. Chinook Salmon"
ENTRY IN FIVE-ISH WORDS
Memory, identity, and a fish
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.
There is a cliché passed on to new fishermen. The old timers will tell you, as they pop the tab on a beer, that fishing isn't about the fish, it's about the act of waiting for the fish to bite, of being mindful of the water, the breeze, the way the sun rises and shifts heat throughout the day. It's about drinking beer. It's about the conversation; or, it's about the silence. But when I went up north with Dad, I went to catch a fish. A really big fish.