OR How do you strike / if you have to strike / a loved one?
In Call Out, DAVID BRADFORD grapples with call-out culture as he turns a necessary call on one of his own, exploring the complications inherent in the nuance at play where the target is a friend, loved, known. Bradford’s long poem takes the shape of slow, fugal false starts set on 18 cards, and invites the reader to reorder, omit and emphasize its parts as they construct a different poem. In doing so, the cardholder is coerced into shifting the tone and ethics of the poem as they rebuild it—interrogating the biases of their Call Out as they take shape.
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DAVID BRADFORDis an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and the author of Nell Zink Is Damn Free(Blank Cheque Press, 2017). He leads the Slo-Po group reading series and his work has appeared in Lemon Hound, Prairie Fire, Vallum, Faded Out, Lune Noire, and Toronto Lit Up’s The Unpublished City. He splits his time between Toronto and Montreal.