Brendan McLeod is an award-winning poet, theatre creator, and musician. On his sixth day of social isolation, he started writing a poem a day. We’re posting these day by day, in non-sequential order, because time is weird now. It’ll be a book after that.

Poet In (Their Own) Residence

Day 19-20

BRENDAN MCLEOD

Some shithead in the park won’t stop playing bongos.

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Day 56

BRENDAN MCLEOD

  This essay was published on CBC's website, as part of Brendan's segment on "Now or Never" about his pandemic poems. To hear his interview go HERE  I don’t remember the first poem I ever performed. The adrenaline knocked me for a loop. What I can recall is how vividly I perceived reactions from the audience. Someone lifted an eyebrow and my heart leapt. Someone else looked away, down at the table, and I was crushed. I got one laugh and it felt like I was flying. It was like being in that slow motion scene in The Matrix, but instead of bullets it...

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Day 44-45

BRENDAN MCLEOD

If I end up in hospital, I expect my friends to joke.

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Day 3

BRENDAN MCLEOD

We must bow down in wonder of the world.

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Day 12

BRENDAN MCLEOD

Imagine being taught not to touch your friends.

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