previous tenants  


It's three quarters of a mil for a teardown,
just this side of East/West. There aren't many
specials--kid sister limping after her heritage.
Irrelevant now, questions of lawnmowers,
or Korean girls in the lower, practicing violins.
In Cambie Village, the grass is brown
with demolition. Heritage houses huddle

away from backhoes, hold steady through
jackhammer staccato, tend to cedar splinters.
For them, a question of what to restore and
what to replace, while potential buyers ask
for a high enough ceiling: Can we gut the attic
and build a roof made of glass?

Melissa Sawatsky



Melissa Sawatsky is a writer and editor living in Vancouver, BC. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and she facilitates a creative program for teen girls. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including OCW Magazine, Quills, Sad Mag, Rhubarb, and emerge 2006.