Brendan McLeod
 

Brendan McLeod

Brendan McLeod is a writer based out of Vancouver. His first novel, The Convictions of Leonard McKinley, was longlisted for the 2008 Re:Lit Award for fiction. His first play, The Big Oops, recently premiered as part of his curatorship in residence at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, and toured the country last summer. His music group The Fugitives was nominated for a 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award. As a poet and oral storyteller, he has performed over 400 shows in the past 5 years. He is a former Canadian SLAM poetry champion and World SLAM runner-up. He teaches spoken word at Langara College.



Girl with Sweater at a Party

Please don’t put it on,
please make it dead
as upholstery on the arm of your chair,
don’t fiddle with it, there’s no reason
to smooth and fluff it, fold it
on your lap where it almost takes a breath,
relax; stay,
teach me a story that works
your heart. I want its mysterious detail
in my ears, don’t pick it up, don’t
weigh it in your hands like a baby -
beyond the door graceless strangers
wait to hide you
in their negligence - I promise,
the thrust of my attention will fire you
like a pinball into their lighting faces,
I will put my hands on you so much
you will remember your body
for the rest of your life,
but you have to stay.
I can’t tear it off you
yet. If you put it on,
there is nothing I can do.

 

Birds © 2012 Calgary Spoken Word Society