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God of Missed Connections

Reviewed by Spencer Gordon God of Missed Connections Elizabeth Bachinsky Nightwood Editions, 2009 80 pages, $17.95 “History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” So says Stephen Dedalus, famously, in Joyce’s Ulysses. To the speaker of Elizabeth Bachinsky’s God of Missed Connections, history can indeed be nightmarish — the hard facts of […]

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Stuart Ross on what’s in store for Mansfield

The summer and lead-up to fall has been pretty frenzied at Mansfield. This week, three great books go the printer: Something Burned Along the Southern Border, the debut collection by an exciting Windsor poet, Robert Earl Stewart; Back Off, Assassin! New & Selected Poems (I love that title!), by Jim Smith, whose often outrageous readings […]

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Catherine Owen on Weathering

Raining in Vancouver but on the edge of leaving here, flying back to chilly Edmonton today, then tomorrow driving the Yellowhead to a metal festival in Calgary for the weekend. Hard to write on the road, I find. I need the routine of black coffee, domesticity, a view of the berm from my window where […]

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Christopher Doda Muses on Poetic Setlists

Over the Labour Day weekend I was lucky enough to spend time at a friend’s cottage in the area around Minden, Ontario. I was even luckier to be introduced to the nearby “World’s Smallest Bookstore,” a modest building on the edge of the highway with about seven upright shelving units. With low expectations of finding […]

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In Memoriam: Kuldip Gill (1934-2009)

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of author Kuldip Gill on May 10, 2009, in Abbotsford at the age of 75. Gill was a contributor to our 2004 Mansfield collection Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets (eds. Rishma Dunlop and Priscila Uppal). She had recently authored Valley […]

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New poetry from Lillian Necakov

The Human Hairpin Now this guy’s name I can remember what I mean to say is there is a thought sort of like a daisy chain but more like a paper clip chain willing its way out of me but I can’t remember what to say to you something about hawks and blue jays maybe […]

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The Imagined City

by Amy Lavender Harris   Things float into your head when you write. Words lodge there; ideas, images, whole paragraphs coming to rest the way driftwood accumulates at the lake edge after a storm. With the right collection of words you can create structures solid enough to dwell in. You can invent people to live […]

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Steve Venright on Mondo , Lenny, and the Generator

Not much new to report this month, so I thought I’d do a little excavating. Two years ago this July, I was interviewed by my son Kerry Zentner. He was interim arts editor for an online magazine called Mondo, and that’s where the text appeared: http://www.mondomagazine.net/art-f-aow-08.html Since then, I’ve contributed a couple other pieces to […]

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Stuart Ross reports in on Mansfield’s fall list

It’s been a mad spring and early summer. While launching my own new book, the story collection Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books), in Vancouver, the Kootenays, Calgary, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Red Deer, and Edmonton, I’ve been working, mostly remotely, with fall Mansfield authors Robert Earl Stewart, Jim Smith, and Tom Walmsley. After […]

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Catherine Owen: On “siting” oneself and other fabulations

I’ve had my own website since 2003. Initially, it was a compendium of “everything I’ve done,” an exhaustingly unreadable mishmash of muses and manuscripts, photographs and pursuits. I even tried to upload each review I’d written, every essay, and provide a sample poem from each of my books. In 2009, while I’m still a technophobe […]

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