Against Seven Oaks


1. The brakes of a bus. The furnace waking. Any soft sounds
were your words — the way you whispered over the phone. A city becoming mine and part of me.

The chime of the clock and the direction of your eyes. A rooster crowing while The Clash was calling.

In all these connections, we were representative of nothing.

It was all quite impossible and an early form of madness. But you called it something else, what you thought you saw through the pews and beyond the hesitation to push past knees into the airplane aisle.

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Georg Reads “The Ashes Part II”

Illustrations by Neil Peter Dyck

“Some heads are more haunted than others, whether they are haunted by ghosts or by gods or by creatures from outer space. These are not real things. Nevertheless, they are indicative of real forces, animating and even creative forces, which your head only conceives to be some kind of spook or who knows what…”  — Thomas Ligotti

Though Georg hadn’t thought of April in weeks, she inhabited a murky region in his mind. Continue reading “Georg Reads “The Ashes Part II””

The Ashes

Part One of Two

Illustrations by Neil Peter Dyck.

“Any man’s death diminishes me,” John Donne.

Look you’re already doing it, Seb said, perfunctorily, pointing under Kyle’s feet where the open air buffered the ground. Kyle Giesbrecht hadn’t flown since he was a child. Why he hit puberty and the dreams stopped, he couldn’t say. Continue reading “The Ashes”


Illustrations by Neil Peter Dyck. Warning: Violent content.

The Giesbrechts moved into their new home on 16 March 1992. The two-storey, built circa 1933, on 2038 William Street was of a deep chocolate brown, and red cedars grew higher than its steeply pitched roof. The up-trade cost them 107,000 Canadian dollars as their previous starter home had fetched 157,500 while this house near Rose Street was priced at 264,500. The Giesbrechts were among that much higher percentile bracket of those growing families selling yet still able to make a viable attempt at remaining in the Vancouver area. At the time of writing, roughly 67% of this demographic chooses to leave the city for affordable housing.IMG_0728 Continue reading “Magrïethé”