Month: December 2013

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by The Town Crier

It’s been a huge year for the Town Crier. Our Hollywood makeover began last year, at yet another Toronto literary event, when Tavish McGregor approached us and proposed a redesign. We agreed and the ball was rolling. We spent the year’s early months wavering between our mastodonic ambition and what reality would allow.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

by André Babyn

Two weeks ago I talked about the success of Catching Fire and how money and inertia, not ability or appeal, influences unbalanced gender roles in Hollywood. Speaking of money, have you seen how those who made licensing agreements with Lionsgate, the studio that made Catching Fire, have been using it?

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“Poetry of Experience”

by John C. Goodman

Amphetamine Heart (Guernica Editions, 2011) is poetry of experience. The poems in this book are intensely physical, bristling with visceral participles: hanging, waiting, convulsing, slavering, salivating, chewing, crawling, leaking. We are taken on a journey through the dark night of suffering through a seedy reality. It’s a rough ride in poems that are punch-to-the-gut real in language that is “raging/ uncontrollable/ hypnotic.”

With their very physical description of hard reality,

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Jesse Eckerlin and His Weird North

by Jason Freure

A couple of months ago, I wrote about the Fisher Rare Book Library’s exhibition on Canadian small presses, “Another Way of Making Books.” One of the presses on display was Victoria, B.C.’s Frog Hollow Press. Frog Hollow does limited edition runs of high-quality books while remaining affordable. This is no small task given that,

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Author Notes: Bola Opaleke

by Bola Opaleke

Puritan XXIII contributor Bola Opaleke talks about colonial exploitation and the importance of children administering “a kick to the butt” in this note regarding his poem “A Dirge For Yesterday.”

The west seemed to have carried the burden of freedom around the world on her thin shoulders for so long she now looked enslaved herself.

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“It’s A Mystery”

by Jason Freure

L.E. Sterling‘s Pluto’s Gate could have been awesome. The premise is a retelling of Persephone’s abduction. In 21st century Montreal, Persephone is Percy Tate, the daughter of a wiccan mother who lives out in the country and Rex, an indie rock star who lives in the Plateau. She falls into Hades through the cleaning closet of a St-Laurent club after her ex-boyfriend’s groupies give her something that’s probably rohypnol.

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Author Notes: Gary Singh

by Gary Singh

Puritan XXIII contributor Gary Singh explains why he needed a harmonizer of opposites to write his poem “Departure.”

“Departure” is inspired by David Young’s translation of Tu Fu, the famous Tang Dynasty harmonizer of opposites. At the end of Tu Fu’s career,

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On Titivillus, Patron Demon of Scribes

by Chris Hutchinson

Chris Hutchinson’s A Brief History of the Short-Lived was reviewed in Issue XIX of The Puritan. The review uses the character Titivillus, a medieval trouble maker featured in the book, as its entrance into understanding the poems. So we asked Chris to tell us what drew him to this character.