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- William Shakespeare


Calum Robertson, sometimes known as syf, (fae/faer/faerself) is a full-time tea-drinker, part-time forest cryptid from Mohkinstsis/Calgary, Treaty 7, Alberta, currently studying communications in Kitchener-Waterloo, Dish with One Spoon Treaty, Ontario, Canada, Turtle Island. The 2022 winner of the Barbara Schneider Writing Award in Communications, faer work focuses on sound studies, nature, queer identities, and Outsider art. Fae have written nonfiction articles for publications as diverse as university campus newspapers (the Gauntlet), the Christian Courier (community newspaper) and filling Station (experimental literature). Faer poetry and prose has appeared in numerous magazines both online and in print, including Canthius, nod, deathcap, the anti-Langurous Project, Lida Literary, Bourgeon, peculiar, Red Coyote, and Tofu Ink. Fae'd like to be reincarnated as a grouse, next time around. You can find faer on Instagram as @sheepiemcgoaters, where fae typically post cups of tea half-drunk and books mostly read.

Calum James Robertson


judging the whip

ipod shuffle in the circle pen
this horse doesn't want to break
blasting big country on infinite loop
if this horse won't break i will

hear lyrics in hoofbeats
scottish twang in a coughed whinny
i neigh when the horse rears and we
both sing along to big country

the whip never touches the horse
this is an experiment in sound
not in presence; i do not touch
what cannot be broken

big country dreams and here
in the circle pen i shimmy
with november crisp chill
horse won't break, so i do