"We Are Shine"
Conor Mc Donnell
Conor Mc Donnell is a physician and poet. He has published two chapbooks in Canada, The Book of Retaliations (Anstruther Press) and Safe Spaces (Frog Hollow Press). In 2018, he received Honourable Mention for The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and in 2019, he was shortlisted for Raw Art Review’s Charles Bukowski Poetry Prize and was runner-up in Vallum’s Award for Poetry. His writing has featured in The Fiddlehead, Journal of the American Medical Association, In Parentheses, Scrivener Creative Review, 580SpltLip, Carousel, birdburiedpress online, and elsewhere. Other poems exploring Hollywood are forthcoming in Vallum, Grain, and The Raw Art Review. Conor lives in Toronto with his wife and two dogs and is currently writing / rewriting / completing / shredding his first full poetry manuscript.
"'We Are Shine' is from a suite of poems exploring how we normalize and internalize violence and power hierarchies by repeat exposure through film and media. These poems call into question our unwitting role as observers of trauma and pain whereby, for example, a film as familiar as The Shining becomes less about the singular vision of one man’s descent into madness and more about the Greek chorus of spirits and negative energies that assail us in moments of weakness and isolation."