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Ben Lerner and the Failure of Poetry

by Domenica Martinello

There are many ways to love poetry: with passion, with rigour, and in the case of Ben Lerner, even with contempt. But love it he does—which is why The Hatred of Poetry is pleasurable, even given its tendency toward, as one critic put it, “cerebral curio.” The book embodies aspects of creative tension that I find necessary to poetry: failure and contradiction. At times difficult to parse, Lerner’s book-length essay dissects the failure of poems to live up to the implied potential of Poetry,


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Fiction International Announces “Fool” Issue Submissions

by Susan Grace

As part of The Town Crier’s ongoing announcement of literary contests and magazine submission calls across North America, we present an open call out for Fiction International from associate editor Susan Grace.

Any idea what time it is? No?


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Author Note: Nehal El-Hadi

by Nehal El-Hadi

Nehal El-Hadi is the author of the short story “La Puerta” from The Puritan Issue 34, edited by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer. Here Nehal El-Hadi talks about the story, which crosses Toronto at night and bumps into grotesque mechanical mannequins on its way.

Three things.


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Subprimal Poetry Art Open for Submissions

by Subprimal Poetry Art

While The Puritan has its home north of the border, since becoming an online magazine it’s been accessible across the world to anyone who looked. Every quarter the magazine receives hundreds of submissions from American and international writers, and regularly publishes the best fiction, poetry, and nonfiction it gets, wherever it comes from.