Jasper Baydala

Montreal-based publishing entity Metatron is guest editing Everyday Genius this month. We'll be featuring excerpts from our new fall catalog as well as Canadian writers we like. Today's author is the surreal Jasper Baydala.

Limes (an excerpt)

poverty creeps in with every bud before them, suspicion flashes at the margins of all we do, heft of mountains leer, fear like belief, a house or an acorn mashed into the ground as silent descends the snow, sky grieves as our fancies take shape and hearts confess, despair revealed, I sift snow and pines groan, my pillow as I sleep in the blast, needle green snakes, thorn surrounding this briar, vines I grasp to taste some sour sharp, havoc where I dig, brailed, I grasp to suck where they breath, let the bale loose, have your meal, your winding road, mist lifts, how hard the road rises, how distant, on I go to the shore where new stars show a temple pillared with flame, city gleaming like a jewel in a country a curtain enshrouds, highlands melting, water hems a beach with bridges and belfries, light- houses lit by stars, floating gardens and pavilions in avenues of woof, a flame on a peak among the trees, a house with sunfire windows, clothes on hangers and dishes in the sink, day bright and songless, forest watchful, clouds like bread, swirls in oilcloth and flawed glass, flares where sun hits a bridge waggling across the torrent, swallows swoop under, sweet sweet, meet me in space, wings like vapors, talons loosing, upward again, the news, spring and fall, foot passengers, lotus pools with petals in the water, silk as I take my ease, pine as river slips under, joy after pain, love like the river, love goes by and the past remains, I step in and 

Jasper Baydala was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and currently lives in London, England. He has published music as Kool Music and has made record sleeves for artists like Mac DeMarco and Grimes. Limes (Metatron, 2014) was composed in Bogota, Ecuador and Peru.

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