Ben Ladouceur

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Ben Ladouceur

Author of acclaimed debut collection, Otter

Ben Ladouceur is the author of a book of poems called Otter, published by Coach House Books in 2015, a book that The National Post, The North American Review and The Globe and Mail all said nice things about.

From Ben Ladouceur

Dave

On my last month in the hamlet

I asked you to take

 

care of my partner once his bed

was all his. I slammed the front door on a viper

 

and ran for you, because these things

have no protocol, because you might be

 

the brave person

we have not thought to ask for.

 

The snake's tail thrashed about

like a length of rope in the mouth of a dog

 

who means business. I apologize.

 

I resorted to words because they

remain, take root then pop out

 

like little mice from big fields.

But once I am gone

 

I am gone. I only wish my mouth

had thought to thank you

 

for cleaning up the urine the snake

had parted with.

 

I didn't even have to ask.