Dear Emily

I have forgotten why I gave you
a parakeet for your birthday.

And I have never understood
why you named it Jay Okada.

Whenever you spoke to the bird
(‘Good morning, Jay Okada’; ‘Hello, Jay Okada’), 
I felt a brief jolt of excitement, followed
by a longer interval of melancholy.  

Now that you’ve moved to Saskatoon
and married a successful bank manager,
please tell me if these were the feelings
you intended me to feel many years ago
when you gave the parakeet my name:                        

            momentary excitement and
            prolonged melancholy.

Thank you.

Jay Okada

P.S. I am still living in the same apartment,
as you can see from the return address
on this envelope. Unfortunately, Jay Okada 
died a couple of years ago. After you left,
one of us stayed drunk for two months and
the other began to chew himself nervously.
Anyway, I cried last night (and this morning)
thinking about your short-lived birthday gift,
Jay Okada, and I realized you should know
what happened to him. Now you know.

P.P.S. I am doing well.

Jay Okada lives in our home.


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Volume 4, Issue 11
february 14, 2008

Forget magazine's seventh birthday

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by Jessica Antonio

the hotest summer in recorded history
by Elizabeth Bachinsky

by Craig Battle

Jacoby's Hole in the wall restaurant
by Kimmy Beach

unsent letter #31
by Sheri Benning

If I Were Your Dog
by Lorna Crozier

Where the Customary’s Always Right
by Jesse Ferguson

bleeding hearts
by Tracy Hamon

A Moth Story
by Gerald Hill

the only way to live
by Jeanette Lynes

by Dave Margoshes

by rob mclennan

dear emily
by Jay Okada

the exchange
by Brenda Schmidt

because it is green
by Darren Stewart

Fly on the Window
by Jennifer Still

Speaking, Over Her Left Shoulder And Toward His Reflection In The Mirror
by Nick Thran

Beautif: Orpheus after Eurydice
by Daniel Tysdal

love song:
thou alone

by Zachariah Wells

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