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The Delights of Wood Panelling

by Leigh Nash I’m a sucker for punishment; no matter how many things I have on the go, when something else amazing turns up, I can’t say no. This is how, for the last couple of Sundays, I’ve found myself in the lovely seminar room above new bookstore Of Swallows, Their Deeds, & the Winter […]

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Guys Do It All the Time: On Meaghan Strimas’s A Good Time Had By All

Reviewed by Alessandro Porco A Good Time Had By All Meaghan Strimas Exile, 2010 88 pages, $18.95 Let’s just get this out of the way: I’m really digging Meaghan Strimas’s A Good Time Had by All (Exile, 2010). It’s a book filled with consistently good poems and a small few that are as high-quality as […]

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A Translation from Jim Smith

Otto Rene Castillo To the interrogation of fruit, flowers, bones. I say heart, mornings, joy. Little country of mine, blind, voiceless, Walk with me, mountains, sing, Invent hurricanes, & know this, colonel: When I burn Only I burn. [from my translation of 4 poems by Castillo found on internet April 10, 2010] Jim Smith is […]

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12 or 20 questions: with Diana Fitzgerald Bryden

12 or 20 questions: with Diana Fitzgerald Bryden

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Dispatch From My Couch

by Marianne Apostolides I have a favoured reading spot in my home. Sometimes it glows like a mystical oracle, possessed of all the words I’ve absorbed there these past four years, since I moved into this apartment. (My place occupies the first floor of an old High Park house; my landlords live upstairs. She’s a […]

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Poetry on the Way

by Leigh Nash I recently started working at a new job that requires me to commute on the subway for half an hour, morning and evening, in and around rush hour. That in itself is disorienting, as I’ve spent the better part of the last three years working freelance, often not getting dressed before noon […]

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Jesse Patrick Ferguson discusses Peter Norman’s poem “Playground Incident”

Jesse Patrick Ferguson discusses Peter Norman’s poem “Playground Incident”

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Debunking the Myth of Newness

Gregory Betts reviews David Shield’s Reality Hunger Reality Hunger: A Manifesto David Shields Knopf, 2010 240 pages, $24.95 “89: If my forgeries are hung long enough in the museum, they become real.” David Shields — prize-winning author and almost New York Times bestseller — has a new book out that contemporary prose writers would be […]

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From the Preface to Exit Interviews, a work in progress

by Jim Smith INSTRUCTIONS Take a name from Column 1, match it to the correct age in Column 2, and match that to the correct cause of death in Column 3. — Collapse COLUMN 1 bpNichol; Roque Dalton; Vladimir Mayakovsky; Federico Garcia Lorca; Jack Spicer; Leonel Rugama; Daniel Jones; Arthur Rimbaud; Paul Eluard; Ed Dorn; […]

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Revisiting Di Cicco

by Denis De Klerck As a young writer, Walt Whitman famously reviewed his own work in the New York papers, describing the first edition of Leaves of Grass as “transcendent and new.” As it happened, he was right about himself, but in general it’s not wise to pretend objectivity when your bias is bound to […]

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