Month: May 2013

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As It is in Its Reviews: Anne Carson’s Red Doc>, Pt. 2

by E. Martin Nolan

In his National Post review of Anne Carson’s Red Doc> Michael Lista writes, “this isn’t really poetry … it’s prose.” Like Jason Guriel, whose Poetry review I’ve already touched on, Lista argues that Anne Carson’s verse formations are “arbitrary” and contain “no formal meaning.” Lista also claims that the only definite ramification of Carson’s two-inch-wide centre-justified verses is that with them the book is longer than if they were,

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Laura Clarke and Suzannah Showler up for the 2013 Bronwen Wallace Award

by The Puritan Editors

Despite being founded in 1620, The Puritan prides itself on its voyages into the literary frontier. Age doesn’t matter in this regard—P.K. Page was knocking socks off posthumously—but it naturally falls to the young to reinvent the wheel, overcome dumb bigotries, reinvigorate a national literature, etc. The problem is that you usually get recognized for that latter task well after the work is done—if you’re lucky.

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Beth Follett on Jan Zwicky’s The Book of Frog: A Way of Discussing the World

by Phoebe Wang

With a book such as Jan Zwicky’s recent The Book of Frog, released by Newfoundland’s Pedlar Press, many readers will wonder how it came about. The book is slim, perfect-bound, beautifully printed, has a pleasing light-green cover, and is adorned with images and diagrams within. The short prose work also marks a shift from the works of poetry and philosophy that Zwicky has published during her long,

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Rob Ford is the Real Slim Shady

by E. Martin Nolan

Alexandra Kimball has described Rob Ford’s irony well. But we should remember the source of that irony. Ford himself strikes me as sincere. He may lack nuance and dignity, but it’s not on purpose. His political team has turned his deficiencies into “relatability,” but this irony was not generated by Ford himself. Ford is just a crank who loves coaching football,

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The Unseen Role of the Editor

by Jessica Bebenek

I’m writing a novel… kind of.

I’ve been editing my partner’s novel as he writes it, slowly, chapter by chapter over the past year. Naturally, the question of what role editors play in a work can’t help but pop up. As is the case with the under-populated group of book reviewers, editors are often writers in disguise,

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CWILA Counts in More Ways than One

by Phoebe Wang

In her recent philosophy of criticism, Sue Sinclair asks, “who does a critic serve?” As CWILA’s inaugural critic-in-residence, Sinclair advocates for criticism that “is an offering, not a decree.” The critic-in-residence post was created in the fall of 2012 and manifests CWILA’s organizational aim, which is not only to track the numbers of women publishing in Canada,

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Author Notes: Sandra Lloyd

by Sandra Lloyd

Sandra Lloyd, recent Puritan author, discusses her poem “Inclined to Moon” from Issue XX: Winter 2013. Click on the link to read (and listen to!) the poem.

“Inclined to Moon” is a literal and incidental take on the shocking effect of seeing the moon,