The Notched Wing

Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms

CN Tower

My good friends, who are bicycling (on a tandem bike) all over North America for the next year, stopped off in Toronto briefly and took me to the CN Tower for dinner and chats…standing at the base of the tower, I could feel the sheer weight of all that concrete lifting into the air, defying the pull of gravity and time…

It is massive.

I’d become so used to thinking of it as a faraway thing, a monument always on the horizon, something small…or a fairytale building you can drive past on the Gardiner on a rainy day, looking like an old Welsh castle with mist and sky lowering around it to hide the top half from view. The Tower is magical on those days, I think.

I always call it “the Calgary Tower” without thinking, and find it sweet that Torontonians correct me so quickly and so firmly.


Author: smallboy

Helen Tara Hughes is a writer, producer and actor. An award-winning theatre performer, she cut her teeth in classical and new work at major theatres across Canada, including the Stratford Festival. Her first taste of documentary work – a POV radio documentary for CBC’s ‘Outfront’ – gave her the documentary bug, and in 2009 she transitioned into Producing with the feature documentary, Goodness in Rwanda. As a writer, she has been published by, Eros Digest, and TWISI, and has a book of short stories that will be published in the fall of 2012. As a filmmaker, she creates short films based on poetic writing. She moonlights as an Asst Producer and Coordinator for documentary, factual, and independent films, and is developing a slate of her own media projects for 2013.

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