Quill and Quire


By Alison Pick

What is the answer?” No answer came. She laughed and said, “In that case what is the question?” (Gertrude Stein) In her debut poetry collection, Question & Answer, Alison Pick takes up Gertrude Stein’s challenge, ... Read More »

November 25, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Lynn Crosbie

If you write an unflinchingly human portrait of a murderer, are you glamorizing his crimes? That’s the question Lynn Crosbie has posed in four previous poetry collections (most notoriously with her piece of true-crime poetry, ... Read More »

November 25, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Marilyn Bowering

Alchemy. The word conjures images of medieval laboratories, of quasi-magical transformations, and, perhaps most importantly, of failure. For despite their many important contributions to modern science, the medieval alchemists ultimately failed in their primary goal: ... Read More »

November 20, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Jacqueline Turner

Careful, Jacqueline Turner’s second poetry collection, is partitioned into nine sections, most of which feature short-line, lower-case poems that form lexical stalactites creeping down the left-hand margin of the page. As random words percolate, the ... Read More »

November 20, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By John Terpstra

The bleak, hopeful town of Hamilton, Ontario – with its steel mills and slowly resurgent parklands – finds an apt poet laureate in John Terpstra. His seventh collection, Disarmament, focuses mainly on the city’s landscapes ... Read More »

November 19, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Suzanne Zelazo

Though Parlance is her first book-length publication of poetry, Toronto poet Suzanne Zelazo’s name is likely familiar to many through her role as editor of the Queen Street Quarterly. This literary magazine has a reputation ... Read More »

November 11, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By David Solway

Few critics match the moral urgency of David Solway, whose poetry reviews constitute an anti-canon to the literati’s assessment of its own merits. Solway’s debunking of celebrated poets, from Atwood to Zwicky, has earned him ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry