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Oddsmakers ask, what will happen sooner: will a Canadian team win the Stanley Cup, or will Canadians develop a new interest in the novels of Robertson Davies? The unmalled parts …

Oddsmakers ask, what will happen sooner:
will a Canadian team win the Stanley Cup,
or will Canadians develop a new interest
in the novels of Robertson Davies?

The unmalled parts of Edmonton are cold,
my friend, and for reasons I don’t know,
the Cinnabon franchises in Montreal closed,
giving the city the nickname “Russia.”

Limited atonement, one of the five points
of Calvinism, is what Canadians
think of as “catnip.” Heaven is the ground
where the Winnipeg Victorias still play.

I, of course, have never read Fifth Business,
because rock music is better. But, unlike
the speaker of Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May,”
I definitely could have tried a lot more.

This appeared in the July/August 2012 issue.

David McGimpsey
David McGimpsey just published Asbestos Heights, a collection.

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