My Friend / Sonnet II (Car Crash) / Adam Only Takes Cash / Working Sonnet (Prayers) / The Biggest Pig You've Ever Seen / Apartment [I]
These poems seek to express innate working-class sentiments; the general structure of the world, money, politicians, history, and systems outside of my control that act as a force of my experience. As I get older, these institutions and larger cultural forces have forced me to think about my relationship with the world and what it means to exist under the sway of things. I do not wish to magnify the self or complicate the stable notion of self; instead, these poems extend the concerns of language under these complicated and problematized systems that institutionalize language. These poems complicate the economic situation and location; the tensions ultimately question how language can conjure a singular presence that makes sense in the ever-expanding and fluctuating global culture.
Trevor Wilkes is a Master of Information student at the University of Toronto. He can be found working, living and reading in Toronto, Ontario.