Over the past twenty years, The Walrus has been a steady bellwether of must-read writing. For our 20th anniversary, we’ve collected works that still surprise us, impress us, move us.
Here are some of the best poems that we’ve published.
BY MICHAEL FRASER
A series about the lives and experiences of African Canadians who joined the Union army in the American Civil War
BY KAREN SOLIE
It silences the arguments of every living thing / and our minds in that time are not entirely elsewhere
BY ERIC ORMSBY
There he waltzes, / this debonair / line dancer in mid-air
BY KAYLA CZAGA
To say the peace lily died / would be an understatement.
BY LUCAS CRAWFORD
I pray only to wordplay. Am I wrong to fetishize fluidity? Strength?
BY MICHAEL PRIOR
Within our borders, / your hair frays cirrus into sky, while that bride, / so serious in every photo, never had to be you.
BY RICHARD GREENE
Rebuilding is a matter of cinder / block and thickets of rebar rising up / the mountain’s steep face.
BY JASON GURIEL
poisons the soil / beside the river