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Jim Smith: Neruda Saves Lives!

What poet described Chile as a long, thin ship? Neruda. — Collapse What poet was nominated for the Chilean presidency in 1970, but in the end threw his support to Salvador Allende? Neruda. Same poet who 31 years before was personally responsible for saving over 2,200 lives. Neruda. Here’s the scoop. As the tragic endgame […]

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David W. McFadden Review

Read a rave review of David W. McFadden’s Why Are You So Sad? (Edited by Mansfield’s own Stuart Ross). Want more? McFadden’s latest book, Be Calm, Honey (Mansfield Press, 2008) was a finalist for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award.

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Joe Rosenblatt video

Watch Joe Rosenblatt read from Dog at the AB Series in Ottawa.

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Stuart Ross: Into The Spring …

In Mansfield’s 2010 spring list, for the first time ever, poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented. One of each, in fact. First, there’s the long-awaited literary survey by Amy Lavender Harris—Imagining Toronto. The last few chapters are just coming in, and this is going to be a real landmark book, appealing both to the […]

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Mansfield Press’ Holiday Book Launch – Writing Selections

A selection of writings by the 5 Mansfield authors reading on December 9 as part of Mansfield Press’ Holiday Book Launch “Relationships” from Early Works by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco Everywhere they are talking about relationships, though they hate the word, though no one visibly vomits over it, and everyone sneaks it into the conversation, […]

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Christopher Doda on Light Verse

This past October I had the pleasure of participating in Margaret Christakos’s Influency class at the University of Toronto, an ongoing forum where poets lecture on each other’s work and interact with the students (Margaret actually has groupies for this — devoted students who have taken the class in each of its seven annual installments). […]

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Harmonics

Reviewed by Jonathan Ball Harmonics Jesse Patrick Ferguson Freehand Books, 2009 96 pages, $16.95 Harmonics surprised me. I thought I knew Ferguson’s work, from my time editing dandelion, where I published his visual poetry, some of which I used for one of the journal’s more eye-catching covers. When a friend at Freehand said she had […]

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Torque on the Image: Receiving Damian Rogers’ “Paper Radio.”

Reviewed by Jeff Latosik Paper Radio Damian Rogers ECW Press, 2009 120 pages, $16.95 Paper Radio is the debut collection from Damian Rogers, a former arts editor at Eye Weekly and recent writer-in-residence at Open Book: Toronto. Over the past year, she’s maintained a conspicuous presence in Canadian magazines; her collection comes amid one of […]

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Robert Earl Stewart Visits LaSalle’s Farenheit Festival of Fire

LaSalle, Ontario, is exactly the kind of buttoned-down town where you’d expect a festival of burning sculpture to have a snowball’s chance in hell when it comes to finding an audience. — Collapse Luckily for the Fahrenheit Festival of Fire, crashing and burning in a small town constitutes an unqualified success. The festival marks the […]

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Jason Heroux visits Hotel Dieu Hospital

I’m in the Hotel Dieu Hospital emergency waiting room, waiting for my name to be called. It’s the end of spring, beginning of summer, and I’ve been at this hospital a lot lately after a recent operation to have an abscess lanced and drained. Today, as usual, the room is crowded with people in various […]

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