Michael Ondaatje is the author of several books including Divisadero and The Cat’s Table. He was till 2013 an editor at Brick. He lives in Toronto.

5 a.m.

for Stan Dragland and for Kris Coleman   The wilderness of our youth, an empty barn, dancing with friends into the small hours, then daylight and the cars swerving away wordless into the dawn   It arrives all at once . . .
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Lost Careers: Le Douanier

There were two alternatives that presented themselves to me during my teens. What I was told I would or should be, and what I wished to be. Every year, at my school in England, career advisers arrived, spoke to you . . .
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