think of illuminance as light
going toward an object—explicitly
amount of light as it touches
a surface, unreflected.
the roadside in drizzle,
moon in a pool. no: artifice.
reflected in spilled oil
slick imposter—skip it.
topographically atypical shift—
squint in brilliance dims.
this trick of light afflictive:
when visiting versailles,
boating on the false lake,
bliss glints conditionally.
in Nova Scotia, Emily Sanford is a queer writer and performer who holds
an MA in Literature and Performance from the University of Guelph. She is the
winner of the 2016 Eden Mills Writers' Festival Literary Award for Poetry and
2018 Janice Colbert Poetry Award, and her poetry was listed amongst The 10 Best
Poems of 2016 by Vancouver Poetry House. Her work appears in Canthius, Grain
Magazine, Minola Review, newpoetry.ca, and Plenitude
Magazine, and a recent poem was set to music for four-part choir by
composer EKR Hammell. Emily lives and works in Toronto, and co-curates the
popular Brockton Writers Series.