BY MELANNIE MONOCEROS.
the first time i remember hearing your voice
i was lying on the ultramarine blue carpet of
my grandmother’s living room.
the second time i remember hearing your voice
i was lying in the bed of one of your sisters
talking, laughing, making up for lost decades of not knowing each other
she said my name and i heard you
the third time i remember hearing your voice
i was lying in my bed with my cats
i called them to me, come ‘ere, you said.
melannie monoceros is a poet and artist exploring grief and polysensory production through text/ile, performance, and installation. They are currently based in Treaty 1 /Winnipeg, MB; home of the Métis First Nation and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Dakota and Oji-Cree Nations. They have read and performed at the University of Winnipeg (2020), Drop the Mic (Winnipeg, MB 2019), This is Not a Sentence (Paoli, IN 2018), Republic of Inclusion (Ottawa, ON 2017), and at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto, ON 2016). monoceros is a VONA fellow (Berkeley, CA 2014) and has since been awarded grants from the Canada, Ontario, and Toronto Arts Councils. melannie has been a guest lecturer at Concordia University, Ontario College of Art and Design, Ryerson University, and Yukon College School of Visual Art and the University of Winnipeg. Most recently, melannie ‘s work has appeared at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, SK) and MAWA/Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (Winnipeg, MB). In 2020, melannie’s work can be found at Gallery 1C03 (University of Winnipeg); Window Gallery (Winnipeg); the Art Gallery of SouthWestern Manitoba and featured in the Also As Well Too mentorship group exhibition with Mariana Muñoz and Hassaan Ashraf. You can keep up with melannie's work on Twitter @patchworkpoetix, and on Instagram @melanniemonoceros.