A Canadian Literary Journal
Agnes and True: a Canadian online literary journal dedicated to providing a place for the work of Canadian writers, both established and emerging.
This was years before the fire they called the Beast burned up half the town and the money hose slowed from a gush to a trickle. Back then I drove one of those mammoth trucks that haul the raw ore out of the excavation pits. We were removing the forest in neat rectangular chunks, like date squares from a pan. Peeling away a soggy carpet of muskeg to scoop out what had been steeping here for a hundred million years, the sour black honey of time.
Everything about the operation was orderly, methodical, streamlined. If you didn’t count us, that is, the guys working the machines. The marathon shifts we pulled had us on a slow smolder all the time, as if the toxic fuel we were clawing out of the earth had leeched into our veins and was already combusting. […]