In the CBC ‘Canada Writes’ 2011-2012 Creative Non-Fiction competition, the winning entry came from Toronto; two the three runners up from were from Vancouver. The entries are only 1200 – 1500 words in length. Both Vancouver authors referenced RE in their stories: One deals in part with a construction site injury; the other mentions people taking HELOCs to pay for fertility therapies.
Co-incidence? We think not! In RE speculative manias, the subject of RE is mentioned in popular culture more often than in typical times. – vreaa
“The call comes on a Monday morning. Your son’s boss. An accident, he says. He fell.” …
“The job site is closed down. Notices taped to a rented fence. You peer through the wire, your husband silent beside you. The roof soars above you, shiny, corrugated, supported by massive dark red beams. You squint, hoping to make out the corrugation that caught his boot, but it’s late in the day, the light dim.
You stare up and up. The roof so high.
Neither of you speak.
The skylight opening, cut that day, covered with flimsy sheets of plywood, the kind that flex and bow when pressed hard by something solid like a young man’s body. You stare up at it, the square of light too bright for you.
Forty feet. A concrete floor.
The wind shifts and hits your face. Your husband takes your hand and together you walk back to the car.”
- excerpts from ‘After, and Before’, Judy McFarlane, Vancouver.
“People everywhere are taking out second mortgages on their homes in the hopes of accomplishing what Mother Nature has not, and here, biology at work! How extraordinary!”
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