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from The Sad Phoenician by Robert Kroetsch, published by Coach House Press, 1979. Read by Victor Enns.  

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I is my middle initial. Stands for Irvin. My father wanted Ervin, German pronunciation. I mispronounced the spelling of our last name making the phone order for the concrete closure on the vault my mother’s grave. She was afraid of drowning having learned to swim only in later life. It was hard to miss as […]

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The Sad Phoenician – continued

DIGRESSION: On reading too quickly. There’s just a little more to the story.  I was awfully embarssed. Lorna Crozier was listening to me read. She motioned me over to offer helpful comments, and that I must read much more slowly. I agreed. I could not tell her I was dying. I’ve never been invited to […]

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