The historical West was lawless and degenerate—a place of perps and victims, lots of victims. Kat Cameron is haunted by the experiences of those least among us, commoners of the Western prairies, especially women, and her searing work will not let us forget their grief. She lives in Edmonton, and is also the author of Strange Labyrinth and The Eater of Dreams.
One round brown eye looming in the lens,
the mountains’ comic clown, shaggy eyebrows,
snout elongated like a tuba, lanky legs
tottery with a teenager’s knobby joints,
the stumblebutt of nature’s sitcoms.
Give us a wink. You’re in on the joke;
you know we’re watching. Put on a show.
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