‘My Brother At The Canadian Border’ by Sholeh Wolpé

My Brother At The Canadian Border by Sholeh Wolpé, 2004

The magic trick:

A character whose every word is perfect

This is a blast of fresh air. If you like your fresh air razor sharp, angry, sarcastic, righteous, and laugh-out-loud funny. And that’s quite a trick on Wolpé’s part.

The selection:

On their way to Canada in a red Mazda, my brother and his friend, PhDs and little sense, stopped at the border and the guard leaned forward, asked: Where you boys heading? My brother, WELCOME TO CANADA poster in his eyes replied: Mexico. The guard blinked, stepped back then forward, said: Sir, this is the Canadian border. My brother turned to his friend, grabbed the map from his hands, slammed it on his shaved head. You stupid idiot, he yelled, you’ve been holding the map upside down.


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3 thoughts on “‘My Brother At The Canadian Border’ by Sholeh Wolpé

  1. Hi, The link to the story on your site does not work. Here it is: https://arteeast.org/quarterly/my-brother-at-the-canadian-border-poetry/?issues_season=summer&issues_year=2007 It’s great, thanks!

    Regards, Pepijn

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