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Postcards: Anciients/ The Besnard Lakes/ Young Galaxy/ Cold Warps/ Suuns
Natalie Zina Walschots reviews records that defy traditional analysis in postcard-length poems


Anciients — Heart of Oak (Season of Mist)

The official march of the navies of the Commonwealth. Stout-hearted, rich wood polished bright as brass. “Our roots go deap.” Dating back to 1680, with a girth of over 21 feet. Pollinated by the wind. Sometimes there is no choice but to retain an on-call tree surgeon.

The Besnard Lakes — Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Outside)

Tactile sound may be transmitted through the air, solid objects, water, or the ground. Thunder, explosions, sonic booms. The approach of a train. A vibrating rib cage. Produced by transducers for medical experiments, amusement park rides, massage. Upper and lower thresholds of tactile perception. Each instrument has its own vibratory signature. Most blast injuries are caused by overpressure waves. The most vulnerable parts of the body are the ears, lungs, and hollow gastrointestinal organs. Often presents hours or days later. Often underestimated. Pulmonary contusions and brain trauma.

Young Galaxy — Ultramarine (Paper Bag)

One of the original twenty Space Marine Legions, XIII. After the Horus Heresy, they were instrumental in ensuring humanity’s survival. Remained true to the teachings of their Primarch Roboute Guilliman for 10,000 standard years. The source of the gene-seed. Gestation capsules were scattered acrtoss the galaxy. Continued to build sub-light space craft despite the most intense warp storms. “They broke the capsule’s seal and discovered a strikingly beautiful and perfectly formed child within it who was surrounded by a glowing nimbus of power.”

Cold Warps — Don’t Haunt Me Okay? (Noyes)

(written by Google)

The set of lengthwise yarns, in opposite to the weft. Letting turbid water flood onto agricultural land. Abducted by a villainous General from his home world and taken to an underwater research facility, Zero must plan his ultimate escape by relying on his arsenal. No longer under active development. Touring since 1995 with No Doubt, Katy Perry, Black Eyes Peas. Utilizing biologically simulated forms of artificial intelligence to enhance the relevancy of search returns. Wins above replacement player. A psychic dimension parallel to real space. From the proto-Germanic “warpaz.” Bent time. Pipe.

Suuns — Images du Futur (Secretly Canadian)

Some are dipped in chemicals to age them. Often spotted by the marks of modern tools, incorrect brushwork or perspective. Colours not available during the artist’s lifetime. Changes in celestial bodies, an old supernova. Some try to imitate work marks, drilling tiny holes. New stretcher bars on old canvasses. X-ray diffraction and fluorescence. Ultraviolet or infrared analysis. Coupled plasma mass spectrometry couples by counting the tree rings in the wood of the frame.  Craquelure. Wavelet decomposition. Some forgeries remain extremely valuable. Even Michelangelo once tipped the image of Cupid in acid.


Natalie Zina Walschots is a poet and music writer based in Toronto, Ontario. Her second book of poetry, DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains, was published by Insomniac Press this spring. You can follow her on Twitter at @NatalieZed.

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