H by Alix Longland
2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist
Alix Longland has made the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for H.
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?"
i imagine you two
on a rock
a hot summer day
i know her name