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Issue Three

O Canada Special Issue Winter 2020 Letter from Guest Editor Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer This issue of Hairstreak Butterfly Review comes from the heart of Canada to the heart of the USA … read more … PoetryJaap BlonkMaggie HelwigSonnet L’AbbéRami SchandallArchana Sridhar FictionLonghand ~ Carleigh BakerThe Last Polling Station ~ Jenny FergusonSurrey, 1976 ~ Sina QueyrasKiller ~ […]

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Killer

Killerby Ambika Thompson Remember when we drove out to the coast to see that whale carcass? my sister asked on the sixth or tenth call I’d had with her that week. I did remember. We didn’t have a car so our mother used the rest of that month’s welfare cheque on a taxi to take […]

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Rami Schandall

Upcoast, or, Unsettled Souls and signs in liquid language raven recalls not the haunting, but its absence tell me black bird the way to the house of death the holy vestibule a nave of green windows on the windowless I know you were here by the sunlit pane of grass by empty bones upright by […]

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Jaap Blonk

Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Netherlands) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. His unfinished studies in mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and keen grasp of structure, even in free improvisation. He has performed […]

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Archana Sridhar

East Point Lighthouse, PEI We stand at East Point Lighthouse, stare at a sign that reads:“The end of the world as we know it”and we mourn us. We’re locked in a cellar full of miceand memories, side by side, blinking tube lights, but really we are waves that crest and foam by moonlight. Comets shine […]

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Transitive Functions

Transitive Functionsby Nehal El-Hadi The first Arabic-language play to be staged in Toronto as part of a theatre’s regular season was a double-bill about the Syrian refugee experience. This is now a Canadian story—over a period of three months between December 2015 and February 2016, 26,172 Syrian refugees were resettled in Canada as part of the Trudeau […]

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The Last Polling Station Reporting

The Last Polling Station ReportingBy Jenny Ferguson I’m watching him at the bus stop. Smells like piss, but this is the only place out of the rain, under here. It’s bright too. The pixels of the advertising screen glow. Next to me, the trashcan’s overfull. He’s the come back kid, so they say. The man […]

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Sonnet L'Abbé

vext glinting in the endless, scrollingriver of my feed a shard of hatred cut mewhen all I meant to do was read I saw angry men raise heil salutesin a conference room somewhere and wondered who could soften themwith bleeding or with care but blood is what they hanker forour howl pleases their ears so […]

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The Voice of the Land

The Voice of the LandBy Susan Olding In the early 1990s, as a recent transplant from downtown Toronto to Eastern Ontario—more or less due north of Syracuse, New York—I taught at a rural high school thirty minutes out of Kingston. Peering through a frosty windshield on my morning commutes, I saw stunted and scraggly trees […]

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Surrey, 1976

Surrey, 1976by Sina Queyras Michael’s eyebrows arched perfectly. I was sitting in the McDonald’s on 152nd with my brother, Jerry, the first time we met. He came in with Diane Foster, who looked the same as she did a year or so ago when she and I were best friends with Corinna. She was wearing […]

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Longhand

Longhand (Excerpt from The Matriarchs) by Carleigh Baker Ember draws a portrait of Mademoiselle Morin on the foursquare courts with a piece of stolen chalk. The cement is crumbly and hasn’t been a good place to play games for years, which makes it a fine location for sidewalk art. She is technically alone, though the […]

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Maggie Helwig

The Burnt Lands Relict, postglacial. The retreat of the icecarving across the limestone pavement.Disjunct in time, land curves its hands around adversityand flowers. Early saxifrage, asphodel. Dryness leads to natural fire.Scour the rock with flame and the hidden worldswill replicate. Conifer. Austral and boreal elementson the open table. Roadways entangle in the butter and honey […]

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Letter from the editor

Letter from the Editor This issue of Hairstreak Butterfly Review comes from the heart of Canada to the heart of the USA. I was asked to guest edit in the fall of 2019, long before the threat of pandemic hit the global community. We certainly did not know that our beautiful friendly border would close […]

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Issue Two

~Previous Issue~ Summer 2019 PoetryAvery M. GuessDacia HollidayChip LivingstonJuan MoralesValerie Wetlaufer Visual PoetryJessy Randall FictionThirteen ~ Ryan BradfordAt Work ~ Steven DunnKiss Me ~ Kathryn KuitenbrouwerUp in Light ~ Daniel Takeshi KrauseBigger, 21st Century, & Yellow ~ Hillary Leftwich Non-Fiction On Seventeen in Appalachia ~ Rachel M. HansonErasure ~ Casandra LopezHaunted ~ Jennifer ManaliliPeregrination ~ […]

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