On Augusta, at the corner with Nassau

DS Maolalai

a metalhead

band-night

and an ex

in the arms

of another.

this muscle-

red steak-

type could

twist you

to noodles

and no doubt

does to her

on occasion.


a basement

in Kensington,

winter Toronto,

this illegal

sticky-carpet

after-hours

on Augusta

at the corner

with Nassau,

right beside

(underneath)

Embassy Bar.


cans for $5.50.

cheap cigarettes

speaking

and no-one

quite sure

how they made

their way

in. a life

in the moment

of things

you'll forget.

loud music

underground

pushing up trees

on the streets.

DS Maolalai has received eleven nominations for Best of the Net and seven for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in three collections, "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016), "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019) and “Noble Rot” (Turas Press, 2022). You can find him on Twitter: @diarmo1990