Rouge

By Adrian De Leon

Rouge
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This series of poems is a response to the 2012 mass shooting at a block party on Danzig Street, Scarborough (Toronto). The city?s east end becomes a source of poetic inspiration, and the intersecting subway lines provide the organizing structure. From west to east, and north ... Read more


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This series of poems is a response to the 2012 mass shooting at a block party on Danzig Street, Scarborough (Toronto). The city?s east end becomes a source of poetic inspiration, and the intersecting subway lines provide the organizing structure. From west to east, and north to south?Kipling to McCowan, Finch to Downsview?the stations on the way inspiring form, voice, and content, meditation, commentary, and geometry. The City is the Poem.The Discovery Walk,inviting my well-worked Clarksto pry my feet from the confinesof the station,wasn?t necessary to makea most marvelous Discovery:the bus sign, hung with steel ?from ?Old Mill?

Adrian De Leon

Adrian De Leon, a Filipino Canadian, studies history at the University of Toronto and is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and the University of Washington, Seattle. His poetry, fiction, and scholarly articles have appeared in various periodicals and journals. He lives in Toronto.

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"Rouge is spiky and caustic yet delights in more ways than you could count Toronto the Good?s abundant pleasures, quirks and treasures."--Philippine Daily Inquirer"For De Leon, Toronto and Scarborough are cities filled with life and inexhaustible rhythm. They?re messy, complicated, boring, romantic, fun, dangerous, and, for better or worse, discoverable."--Debutantes

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