In “Stormy Weather,” Dragland’s narrator’s internal critical monologue camouflaged within lines of tidy report-like prose communicate a sense of betrayal: that his doctor would “[bolt] for a more lucrative practice in the States” rather than stick around and do the humbler work of keeping a mere Canadian away from the clutches of terminal illness, but also that by using the word “we,” the physician would insinuate himself into the liminal space between a patient and his illness only to leave as soon as it suited him. His actions prove the ‘we’ is a fiction.
Stan Dragland is a poet, literary critic, editor, and Professor Emeritus, Department of English, The University of Western Ontario. He was founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books. His books have won numerous awards. He is originally from Alberta and now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.