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“But Never in this World is Odysseus Dead”: On David W. McFadden

by Alessandro Porco Why Are You So Long and Sweet? Collected Long Poems of David W. Mcfadden David W. McFadden Insomniac Press, 2010 240 pages, $19.95 You should be able to see a poet’s mind turning over, you should be able to know what he is thinking at all times … – The Poet’s Progress […]

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Reviewed by Spencer Gordon Coming Ashore on Fire Michael Dennis Burnt Wine Press, 2009 135 pages, $16

Reviewed by Spencer Gordon Coming Ashore on Fire Michael Dennis Burnt Wine Press, 2009 135 pages, $16 Now these are poems I could get into, says my partner, who’s been reading Michael Dennis’s latest collection while I’ve been making dinner. They’re direct, easy to understand, emotional, she continues. They make me feel something, but it’s […]

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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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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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Two Poems: A Peter Norman Preview

Recursion I fall awake alone. Outside, nocturnal rain ascends. Alarms rage, summoning a thief who hurries to the store, unpacks his duffel sack, replaces items on the shelf. Morning. The plane dispenses you. We enfold each other, celebrating your undeparture. Tears scroll up our cheeks, nestle into ducts. Last night we wake sweat-soaked and sated, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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