We love it when we have good news to share about our authors. This week, join us in congratulating Emily Osborne, author of ‘Devonian’ (Pulp Literature Issue 17, Winter 2018) for winning an honorable mention in Contemporary Verse 2’s 2017 Young Buck Poetry Contest! On top of this good news, we’ve learned that her chapbook Biometrical will be published by Anstruther Press later this year.
Emily Osborne is a researcher, translator, and poet living in British Columbia, Canada. She earned a PhD in Old Norse-Icelandic literature from the University of Cambridge and recently held a postdoctoral fellowship in mediaeval literature and linguistics at the University of British Columbia. She has taught mediaeval literature and poetics at Cambridge and UBC and published several scholarly articles. Her poetry has appeared in The Literary Review of Canada and Symposium, and she was runner-up for Eyewear Publishing’s first Fortnight Prize. Emily has also published translations of Old English and Old Norse poetry in academic journals and books.
She has kindly shared with us is an excerpt from her poem ‘Diacritics’, published in Minola Review’s 2016-2017 Anthology.
Maybe all vowels were once sister chromatids,
but now we carve grave and caret
on separate word trees.
I can’t read your DNA or lips.
You said my consonants split and replicate,
like cells in tumours.
Writing them makes you stressed.
Possessives are tricky on paper,
so often inked with red. After classes,
ESL students roam cities, see kids
slash ‘ł’ and ‘ø’ on concrete artistry.
Is that Polish? No.
Later they’ll sit at library PCs,
typing home without familiar glyphs.
Viewpoints online metastasize through hashtag
alphabets, while English pushes diacritics
out of foreign correspondence.
Keyboards are capricious,
and we’re étroit d’esprit
when small things make big shifts.
Emily’s poem, ‘Glassblowing’, will appear in CV2’s Summer 2018 issue. In the meantime and you can find ‘Devonian’, and more wonderful poetry in Pulp Literature Issue 17.