Month: June 2013

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“Public Speaking Is a Really Good Idea:” Edward Nixon of Livewords

by Jess Taylor

“I kinda feel like I got a reading series the way someone would say, ‘Hey, Jess, I’m moving to Montreal. Will you take my cat?’” A seasoned promoter of the Toronto literary community, avid supporter of live readings, and host of Toronto’s Livewords, Edward Nixon recently gave me a run-down of Toronto’s diverse reading culture,

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P.S.: Priscila Uppal’s Sports Poems

by E. Martin Nolan

In my last post I intended to let the readers judge my judgments for themselves, but that breaks the Crier’s long-established rule that if one will talk about it, one must be about it. So a deeper look at Priscila Uppal’s sports poems is in order.

Before that,

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Sports Poems that Don’t Work: Richard Harrison and (Especially) Priscila Uppal Edition

by E. Martin Nolan

In “Writers and Sports,” Mordecai Richler sets the record straight: “North American literary men in general…have always been obsessed by sports.” And as Richler bears out, sports have long furnished the essayist with worthy material (and his inclusion of Joyce Carol Oates in this essay extends this beyond men).

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Others Have Blossomed: Eliza Griswold’s Introduction to Landays

by Phoebe Wang

Western poets have been aware of the ghazal’s couplet-like form for decades. But there is less familiarity with landays, a form of oral folk couplet shared amongst speakers of Pashtun. That may soon change with the Poetry Foundation’s June issue, which is entirely devoted to the form.

In the accompanying Poetry Magazine podcast,

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Embracing the Blatantly Poetic: Peter Norman Edition

by E. Martin Nolan

Stuart Cole, of The Urge, has claimed Peter Norman possesses a “peculiar mastery” and that, formally, he “seems capable of writing anything he wants.” I have nothing to add to Cole’s typically astute, honest and accurate account of Norman’s poetry. (You should read his reviews).

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Upcoming Toronto Readings: A Puritan Guide

by The Puritan Editors

Ho, boy. A cluster of late Spring, early Summer literary activity in the Big Smoke. Allow The Puritan to be your guide over the next few weeks of launches, readings, and general shindiggery.

First up: former Puritan Associate Editor Andrew MacDonald will be giving a reading at the Taddle Creek Summer Launch on Friday,

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Embracing the Blatantly Poetic: Lisa Pasold Edition

by E. Martin Nolan

It’s not hard to place Lisa Pasold’s Any Bright Horse within certain prevalent trends in recent poetry. The book props up bits of linearity, then lightly abandons them and convolutes them with one another. In the same way it tries on verse shapes and forms. That latter trait is possible because Pasold’s forms denote more a way of thinking,

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Toronto Reading Series: Exploring a Rich Ecosystem of Literary Performance

by Jess Taylor

[Editor’s Note: this a post about Toronto reading series, so a reminder: Pivot enters it’s final month with an excellent lineup tonight, so check that out, and on Thursday, Coach House celebrates the launch of a new book by their “patron saint,” bpNichol. True to the author it’s celebrating,