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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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An Open Invitation: Moez Surani’s Reticent Bodies

Reviewed by Jacob McArthur Mooney Reticent Bodies Moez Surani Wolsak & Wynn, 2009 90 pages, $17     So take the tone of unswerving devotion the iambic heart and sound proclamation leave everything that squabbles. The woman you love will leave the man she is with if you can offer better carnival or thrill her […]

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Jim Smith: The Match

I wish they’d had YouTube in 1787. Instead, all we have is a period illustration of a curious fencing exhibition match held on April 9, 1787, in Carlton House, England.         The fellow in the red jacket is the Prince of Wales. He arranged such matches for gambling and entertainment purposes. It […]

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The Certainty Dream

Reviewed by Nyla Matuk The Certainty Dream Kate Hall Coach House Books, 2009 96 pages, $16.95 A book about dreams, and about certainty, needs a Familiar. That is, it needs something the mind returns to and recalls, a touchstone that shape-shifts and interrogates familiarity and certainty, allowing readers to contemplate the opposite of certainty in […]

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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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