Robert Dawson teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian university. His stories have appeared in Nature Futures, AE, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He's an alumnus of the Sage Hill and Viable Paradise writing workshops.

By Robert Dawson


I Would Let You Know

(Golden Shovel1, after W. H. Auden)   It’s serious, you know, but there’s still time. Caution’s no crime. You’ll act ...
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Rusty Gas Can by Shawn Nystrand

Dust and Blue Smoke

Kennit Martin charged into the playground like a tumbleweed on a mission. “Hey Jeff!” he yelled, still thirty feet away from ...
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  1. About the form:
    A “Golden Shovel” is a word-level telestich: the last words of each line form a quotation from another poem. Terrance Hayes, the inventor of the form, named it after the Gwendolyn Brooks poem that he quoted. Here, Dawson has used a line from W. H. Auden’s “If I Could Tell You.”