DANIEL SCOTT TYSDAL
The Rusty Toque | Issue 4 | Poetry | February 15, 2013
THE CORRECTION LINE (A MESSAGE FROM THE FINAL COLONIAL)
To compensate for the curvature
of the Earth, and promote orderly
settlement, you corrected the meridian lines
at the edge of the townships you founded
in the Dominion Land Survey. This
was in keeping with your correction
of the lines of people who wrongly wasted
that uncorrected ground. It’s all for me,
the fix: the cuffs, the cleanse, the impending
discovery of the outcast-marking gene.
To account for my coming hunger,
you teach the world to teach the world
to starve. With the wild whipped from every
latitude, wipe yourselves out next. I am
the one who waits to rule as the first
total colonial, when everything out of line
is corrected, and man-made drones survey
a wholly man-made world free of all men
save the last. Like meridian lines rising to fuse
in the frozen north, all that you make and are
strives to converge in the rousing of me.
UPON FIRST LOOKING THROUGH A RUBBER MASK INTO LYNCH'S MULHOLLAND DR.
DANIEL SCOTT TYSDAL is the author of two books of poetry, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010) and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). He currently teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto Scarborough.