Sewn into garments for
ocean is the mother. Syllables
and beats build, take on the
feel of colours revealed bit by bit,
like jawbreaker candy.
and undertones―rose-gold, mussel-
amethyst. Coats of nacre
light and reflect it, mirroring surf
and ancient creatures’
Track scratched footmarks in margins
alongside, marking layer upon
layer. Accretion of vivid sound
over irksome grit. Precision
work – the knotting onto silk
threads nubbed together,
between each lustrous orb.
Frances Boyle is the author, most recently, of Openwork and Limestone (Frontenac House 2022). In addition to two other poetry books and several chapbooks, her publications include Tower, a novella (Fish Gotta Swim Editions, 2018), Seeking Shade , an award-winning short story collection (The Porcupine’s Quill, 2020) and Skin Hunger, a forthcoming novel. Frances got to know Pearl when they were both members of the Ruby Tuesday writing group and has admired her and her writing ever since.