Gale by Richard Outram

Encore Literary Magazine is extremely proud to have permission from the executors of the estate of the late Richard Outram to present work by one of Canada’s great poets. Poems by Outram will continue to be featured here, thus helping to keep alive the singular voice of, in the words of Alberto Manguel, “one of the finest poets in the English language.”


You huddle against my shoulder
In the lee of a mauve quartz-
Birthmarked granite boulder,
A grain of sand of sorts.

One of Zeno’s arrows,
An indivisible tanker
Crosses the wild narrows.
Eternity may canker

Love like the vast rust-
Roses along the hull.
Time of course must.
Lightly, a glutted gull,

Into the wind that stings
Tears to our eyes,
Lifting dihedral wings,
Rises, flies.