CBC Literary Prizes

H by Alix Longland

Alix Longland has made the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for H.

2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist

Alix Longland is a poet from Oliver, B.C.

Alix Longland has made the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for H.

About Alix​

Alix Longland was born and raised in Toronto, Ont., and graduated from York University. She now lives in the Okanagan Valley, B.C. where she splits her time working as a seasonal agricultural worker and travelling abroad. This is the first time one of her poems has been published.

Entry in five-ish words

First experiences with an STD.

The poem's source of inspiration

"My collection of poems is based on my own experiences of contracting genital herpes (HSV2). I've always been frustrated about how taboo STDs are and how society shames those who have them. These diseases are contracted during our most human moments and if we treat them as 'dirty' or 'unnatural', what then does that make us?"

First lines 

i imagine you two
​on a rock
​a  hot summer day
​no condom

i know her name
​no more

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