Undertow 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. In the months to come, poems by Outram will be periodically 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.”


Bright wave.  I am afraid,

Where I wade.  O not brave.

But wrack.  You broke on this shore

Before.  Brightness, draw back.

Yet warned.  How always the same

You came.  You are not scorned.

Nor known.  Here, I am numb.

Then come.  As light overthrown.

I dread you.  When next you arrive

I dive.  Merciless.  Through.