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Sheri-D Wilson

Sheri-D Wilson, called the Mama of Dada
Artistic Director / Calgary International Spoken Word Festival
Program Director/ Spoken Word Program, Banff Centre


Ma and Tight Corners: Tipsy Curvy
“It goes like stink!” ~ Ma, 1969

It was a turquoise, 1957 Chevy
with the truck engine.

And Ma would drive that old jalopy
around corners, hell bent like a Formula One
demon on speed, and she’d yell, Hang on!
We’d be in the back seat
changing from our school clothes
into our brownie uniforms, and she’d take
the corner with a fighting spirit, on two wheels,
and we’d hang onto the seats
for dear life, gripping with our fingertips
till our lips turned psych ward white,
and then both car doors on one side
would fly open, no holy shit handles
we’d hang on to that front seat, with the fake
fur seat-covers, so we didn’t go flying out…
…and then the corner would be over
and the heavy ’57 Chevy doors
would come flying shut.


And we’d go back to changing our clothes
and eating our Kentucky Fried Chicken,
right from the barrel, like pros, finger lickin’ good;
before seat belts and car seats
and sun block and water wings.

Way back when they’d give us matches
to play with and guns to shoot the bottles lined up
on the fence, for fun. Back when you could ride
without a helmet, feel the wind in your hair.

Because of Ma, I’ve never been afraid
of the dark. She taught me how to stay on my toes,
how to dance with danger. And she’s funny. Damn,
she’s funny. Always makes me laugh.

Sometimes it scares me
when I think, I might be
exactly, like her.




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