Quill and Quire


By Christian Bök

Trust the French to produce an avant-garde novelist, Georges Perec, who could write a 300-page novel, La Disparition, without a single use of the letter ‘e.’ Trust Christian Bök – a Toronto poet, linguist, and ... Read More »

February 2, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By A.F. Moritz

Reading Albert Moritz, one is reminded that this conscientious social objector could easily pass for a modern day Tom Jones. Throughout his provocative, deeply moving, and challenging collection, the Toronto-based artist frames his moral outrage ... Read More »

February 2, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Karen Solie

Almost everything you need to know about Karen Solie’s first collection of poetry is contained in her title, Short Haul Engine. This slim volume of poems burns with the intensity of an engine, firing with ... Read More »

February 2, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Stuart Ross

Long known to the alternative literary community for his prolific chapbooks and for his role as founder of Toronto’s Small Press Book Fair, Stuart Ross garnered mainstream attention when his book of poetry, Farmer Gloomy’s ... Read More »

January 30, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By K.I. Press

This polished debut collection of poetry is loosely based on the memoirs of author Karen Press’s French Canadian grandfather, Donat Sylvestre, which were translated from the French by Press’s mother, Mariette. Pale Red Footprints is ... Read More »

January 29, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Consuelo Jackman

The provocative title of this debut collection belies the measured calmness of the 22 poems contained within. The Art of Adultery attempts to articulate the passion and pain of impossible relationships through language that, considering ... Read More »

January 27, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Jason Dewinetz

Imagists like Ezra Pound used to throw around the phrase “ut pictura poesis,” which means “as is painting so is poetry.” The saying suggested that a poem draws out the same sensations as a painting, ... Read More »

January 26, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Joan Crate

Joan Crate published her first poetry book a dozen years ago, and the deftness of this second appearance is enough to recommend a similar gestation period to today’s crop of grant-starved, print-hungry poets. Without investing ... Read More »

January 26, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Norm Sibum

It is difficult to write poetry about God, alcohol, the disenfranchised, and spiritual identity without rewriting every post-modern poetic cliché offered up over the last 50 years. Poet Norm Sibum is up to the challenge, ... Read More »

January 26, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry