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by Alisha Kaplan With apologies to Jamaica Kincaid and Lillian Allen Outline your story before you begin; make sure it has a coherent structure in the order of rising action, climax, falling action; never use the word structure — it is meaningless; think of it as relationship instead; don’t have too many characters; don’t confuse […]

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“But Never in this World is Odysseus Dead”: On David W. McFadden

by Alessandro Porco Why Are You So Long and Sweet? Collected Long Poems of David W. Mcfadden David W. McFadden Insomniac Press, 2010 240 pages, $19.95 You should be able to see a poet’s mind turning over, you should be able to know what he is thinking at all times … – The Poet’s Progress […]

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Reviewed by Spencer Gordon Coming Ashore on Fire Michael Dennis Burnt Wine Press, 2009 135 pages, $16

Reviewed by Spencer Gordon Coming Ashore on Fire Michael Dennis Burnt Wine Press, 2009 135 pages, $16 Now these are poems I could get into, says my partner, who’s been reading Michael Dennis’s latest collection while I’ve been making dinner. They’re direct, easy to understand, emotional, she continues. They make me feel something, but it’s […]

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Peter Norman and Alice Burdick live reading on CKDU FM

Listen to Peter Norman and Alice Burdick reading live at the spring launch of Peter Norman’s At the Gates of the Theme Park in Halifax, courtesy of CKDU FM.

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A Lucky Child in Unlucky Times: Fiction Opens a Family’s Tragic War File

by Angelike Contis (Reprinted with permission from The National Herald (Ethnikos Kirix) June 19 -25, 2010.) Southampton, N.Y. – Though it ended in 1949, for many Greek families, the country’s brutal Civil War is not over. This Marianne Apostolides discovered over the 12 years she worked on her new book The Lucky Child, a fictional […]

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Drunk Poets Not as Cool as Drunk Rock Stars

by Priscila Uppal Alongside Eugene Ionesco and George F. Walker plays, Erín Moure’s O Resplandor and Nikolai Gogol short stories, my guilty-pleasure beach reading while recently in Barbados was the autobiography Slash (co-written with Anthony Bozza). I say “guilty” pleasure, but it’s nearly impossible to feel any guilt whatsoever about your life when compared to […]

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My Literary Leviathan

by Amy Lavender Harris During the five years it has taken to research and write the Imagining Toronto book (forthcoming, finally, in the fall of 2010), I have made an effort to read almost every Toronto-related literary work ever published. In the process I have read poetry published in broadsheets dating to Mackenzie’s abortive 1837 […]

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Unleashed

by Melanie Janisse Unleashed Sina Queyras BookThug, 2009 168 pages, $20 “What would happen if critics chose to write from a position of wonder instead?” — Sina Queyras, Unleashed Dear Sina, My friend Ross McKie has been after me to read your book for some time now. So, when Denis asked me to review it […]

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Preface to The Nicanoriad

by Jim Smith I am going to see Nicanor Parra because together we are 154 years old. Because I can’t remember the call number of Poems and Antipoems, it was something like PQ something something something something. Because there in the basement of basements of Douglas Library, Queen’s, where it is always 1973, I can […]

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Make Mine McFadden

by Stuart Ross A couple of weeks ago, Lillian Necakov, Jim Smith, Nicholas Power and I read at the St. Clair/Silverthorn Library, where Lillian is head librarian. The four of us have known each other since the 1980s, and we’ve read in various assortments, but never all of us together, so it was an evening […]

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