Poets references


"...Lava flowing in Superfarmers direction."

The growing development of third world agriculture, coupled with the expansion of international markets and producers, has made life more difficult for traditional family farms in Europe and North America. In order to compete with cheap labour and mass production, the agriculture industry has turned to what are called "Super Farms" to make the most of their resources. By using machinery, chemicals and electronic farming techniques, Super Farms can produce ten times the normal amount of poultry, salmon or agri-products using half the area of a traditional family farm.

Some see the Super Farm as a way for smaller operators to combine and compete with the multinational corporations, while others argue that the nature of Super Farms, specifically their required start up costs and capital, excludes family farmers and favours the multinationals.

But it's not all bad:

"...Those Himalayas of your mind."

The Himalayas are a much heralded chain of mountains that cross over India, Tibet and Nepal. They form the planet's highest mountain range, and are often referred to as the "roof of the world." For Indigenous groups living in the region, the mountains carry deep spiritual significance and symbolize all that is beautiful, imposing and powerful in the universe. The word "Himalaya" is an ancient Sanskrit term which literally means "Abode of Snow."   

"...Lawn cut by bare breasted women."

In late 1996, to make a long story short, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in the Gwen Jacobs case and made it legal for women in the province to appear topless in public. The story had received national coverage, but none more sensational than the Toronto area TV affiliates. In what became a common 6 o'clock news story, the coming topless revolution was debated, dissected and denounced as the unrequited summer of boobs approached in 1997. Adolescent males such as myself were at first vaguely intrigued by the endless string of news stories which invariably featured a woman cutting the grass with her shirt off. (I don't know why, but I guess mowing the lawn was the sexiest perfunctory activity news editors could think of in the Spring of '97.) Eventually, the stories, and the topless trend itself, disappeared. Women chose not to exercise their right to bare all, and teenage boys province wide lost all faith in that good-fer-nothing-tease known as "Action News!"