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The Massacre Confirmed Our Worst Suspicions

The Massacre Confirmed Our Worst Suspicions

By W. Bruce MacDonald

The poems in The Massacre Confirmed Our Worst Suspicions were written over a 25-year period between about 1993 and 2018. They were written as they came to me. Where they came from I have no idea. Something strikes me, bugs me for a period of time, and gets written as a kind of relief. The poems seem, to me, to be a curious mixture of whimsy, longing and outrage about the passage of time, memory, relics, unrequited love and death. Most of them, if not all, are more or less objective, or attempt to be. This is because of a conscious effort by me to strip personal pronouns from my poems. The damn things get in the way. They say, in effect, that the poet has had some ultra-special experience that the reader can't possibly have had, and that the poet, in her or his magnanimity, has deigned to bestow them on less special people. I think of myself as a reporter whose reporting just happens to take the form of poems.


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W. Bruce MacDonald’s poems have appeared in Malahat Review, Quarry, Antigonish Review, THIS Magazine, and CV2. In 1997 he won THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt for his poem ‘i like your parents’ liquor store, baby.’ He has published 4 poetry chapbooks and 2 books of short stories, and is the author of The Good Hope Cannery and Salmonbellies vs. The World. Bruce has a BA from UVIC and an MA from UBC. He lives in Surrey, BC.