Box Kite

Baziju (Roo Borson and Kim Maltman)

Box Kite

"A piece of paper with writing on it is flat, but when what is written on that paper fills the mind of a reader, it takes off into the wind like a box kite on a windy day," writes Baziju - the shared voice of poets Roo Borson and Kim Maltman. This exquisite, collaboratively written sequence of prose poems, unfolding through rich, delicate imagery, journeys through streets and gardens, houses and temples, cities and countryside, Canada and China. It is a meditation on the way we travel between places and between times, and how words and ideas travel between languages. (From House of Anansi Press)

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Excerpt:

Taking a set of keys out from an inner pocket, she went round the courtyard opening the doors, then, leaving us to inspect things at our leisure, went back to her book again. An empty rattan chair sat squared against the writing desk, and on the desk, the lamp he'd used, a clock, some writing brushes upright in a bamboo rack, a teacup with its lid on, but no ink or paper.


From Box Kite by Baziju (Roo Borson and Kim Maltman) ©2016. Published by House of Anansi.