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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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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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