What if the dumb stone isn’t dumb?
Not a liar but a Pythagorean lyre
singing the harmony of the world
plucked on the strings of its spiraling
where the fires from which it burst
in mathematical intervals of sound
break from beyond time
re-sounding as pure gold
from Stone’s Lyre
Susan McCaslin is a Canadian poet, essayist, editor of two poetry anthologies, scholar, and children’s author residing east of Fort Langley, BC, who has published sixteen volumes of poetry, including Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna, 2017) and Heart Work (Ekstasis Editions, 2020). Her Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2012) was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize for Poetry (Dorothy Livesay Award) and was the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award) in 2012. That year, she initiated The Han Shan Poetry Project in a successful effort that used poetry to help save a rainforest near her home along the Fraser River. Susan completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of British Columbia in 1984 and taught English and Creative Writing at Douglas College in New Westminster and Coquitlam, BC, from 1984-2007.
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