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Mori McCrae

Sex/Death in Canada:

Land of No Middle Ground

art and poetry by Mori McCrae

5 x 8, 48pgs

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art & poetry



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Mori McCrae has lived on the western crook of Lake Ontario all her life.  Born in Toronto, she grew up in Port Credit, then studied Fine Art at the Ontario College of Art.  She graduated with Honours in 1984.  Her journey continued, relocating her to Grimsby and finally St. Catharines, where she began to write poetry.  She’s settled in a house nicknamed The Hobbit with her husband and two dogs.


from Passersby (2018)

Confessions of Cecily


Not wanting to be like her mother, no,

definitely not her mother

she rails against the settlements

some women make—

sentiments to which they’re prone,

like wind-fall apples.


Must she be the fruit of cliché?

her young voice quavers

soft with rebuttal.


She owns an ear for truth

while she dreams of justice,

leans out further from the bough

her tongue, like fruit wood’s knot, unwound

lips moving at poetry's command

her birthplace safe

pacing inside her angora voice.


from Shelf Life (1st ed. 2017, 2nd ed. 2018)

Demolition of the Dieu


The Hotel Dieu is coming down

like a hospital gown

inner cubicles exposed

walls tent-folding

before the cuticle of

a faint October moon,

private places

no-one sees

unless they have too.


Voices carry, calling out five o’clock

the demolition crew stows instruments, tool belts,

dust settles, machines sputter-off.


Sunset’s fireball throws

multiple rays of red orange

fingering derailed corridors

concrete slabs of broken scapula

rebar’s wild extrusion into thin air.


What remains?

The custodian of our bones

and flesh may sigh, resolved,

high on a precipice.


Frail, soundless

yet untouched—

the south wing stands

blinds half drawn

against traffic noise

where work renews Monday.