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Poetry

By Pearl Pirie

In her third poetry collection, Ottawa’s Pearl Pirie unleashes her deep curiosity about language. Writing on the BookThug blog, Pirie claims, “I like when the words in words are not the root word but are ... Read More »

April 6, 2015 | Filed under: Poetry

Sum

By Zachariah Wells

Zachariah Wells’s Sum opens with an epigraph from Fernando Pessoa that declares, “In the vast colony of our being there are many species of people, thinking and feeling differently.” At a glance, the formal eclecticism ... Read More »

April 6, 2015 | Filed under: Poetry

By Bruce Whiteman

The two latest offerings from McGill-Queen’s University Press’s Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series are both formalist musings about love. Bruce Whiteman is a full-time author, rare book specialist, and book reviewer (including for Q&Q). His latest ... Read More »

April 6, 2015 | Filed under: Poetry

By Sarah Tolmie

The two latest offerings from McGill-Queen’s University Press’s Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series are both formalist musings about love. Bruce Whiteman is a full-time author, rare book specialist, and book reviewer (including for Q&Q). His latest ... Read More »

April 6, 2015 | Filed under: Poetry

By Robyn Sarah

The title of Robyn Sarah’s My Shoes Are Killing Me speaks to the nostalgia that her poems explore: if “nostalgia” literally means “painful homecoming,” then the “shoes” – read as a metonymy for the past ... Read More »

April 6, 2015 | Filed under: Poetry

By Austin Clarke

Multiculturalism is a myth Canadians like to console themselves with. Politically correct language and bromides about the cultural mosaic notwithstanding, the Great White North does not have a stellar history when it comes to its ... Read More »

April 6, 2015 | Filed under: Poetry

By A.F. Moritz

In his 2013 Anne Szumigalski Memorial Lecture, A.F. Moritz said, “Poetry is the form of critical desire, desire always examining itself to find if the joy it comprehends is real, and if all are invited ... Read More »

March 11, 2015 | Filed under: Poetry

By Laurie MacFayden

Following 2010’s White Shirt, kissing keeps us afloat (the persistent lower case is a trademark this time around) is Laurie MacFayden’s second collection of poems. After a long career as a sports writer, the Edmonton-based ... Read More »

December 19, 2014 | Filed under: Poetry

By Lisa Robertson

Ken Babstock and Lisa Robertson use experimental forms to navigate contemporary experiences of globalization and the surveillance state, writes Jason Wiens Numerous writers have undertaken the project of “cognitive mapping” since the Marxist critic Fredric ... Read More »

November 6, 2014 | Filed under: Poetry

By Ken Babstock

Ken Babstock and Lisa Robertson use experimental forms to navigate contemporary experiences of globalization and the surveillance state, writes Jason Wiens Numerous writers have undertaken the project of “cognitive mapping” since the Marxist critic Fredric ... Read More »

November 6, 2014 | Filed under: Poetry

By Michael Lista

Right from the devastating cover image, Michael Lista’s second collection is rife with craft and cultural implication. A VCR tape masks a grinning skull with a sickly smile that evokes Shakespeare’s Mercutio: “Ask for me ... Read More »

September 5, 2014 | Filed under: Poetry

By Laisha Rosnau

There is a serious problem with how we write obituaries for great women. When rocket scientist Yvonne Brill passed away in 2013, The New York Times praised her beef stroganoff, child-rearing abilities, and spousal loyalty ... Read More »

August 27, 2014 | Filed under: Poetry

By Patricia Young

Patricia Young, author of 12 previous books of poetry, has embarked on a peculiar mission in her latest volume: getting inside the psyches of animals with deviant (by human standards) sexual practices. Summertime Swamp Love ... Read More »

June 26, 2014 | Filed under: Poetry