Old Crow

The Porcupine caribou took a dive

a quill’s breadth above the 66th


just as the lake disappeared

                    overnight, they say,


leaving fine-grained

beaches strewn with horse hooves, 


mammoth teeth, shattered ribs, a storied

Pleistocene-era ghost-farm —


enough remains to fill 

the museums of the world

Christine Fellows is a Winnipeg-based songwriter and performer. Her songs have sailed her to venues all over the world, sent her wheeling down the centre aisle of a darkened Toronto church wearing a papier-mâché bat head, set her down in a community centre near the Arctic Circle and a palazzo garden in Venice. She will release her sixth album alongside her first collection of poetry in 2014 (ARP Books).