Month: December 2013

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Tea Party

by Tracy Kyncl

Reading can be a lonely passion. Rarely are you enjoying the same books as your friends at the same time. Needless to say that telling people about your favourite novels that they’ve never read can be painful and dull. Book clubs fortunately resolve the social conundrum of reading. They are a good way to share your beloved writers and expose yourself to titles you’ve never encountered with the added bonus of having people to discuss your literary adventures with. 

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The News vs. Poetic Language

by Lisa Pasold

Lisa Pasold is a poet, novelist and journalist. Her collection Any Bright Horse was reviewed in Issue XXI of The Puritan, and her poem The Line at the Ambassador Bridge will appear in Issue XXIV, due out this winter, as part of a special supplement on the US-Canadian border.

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Author Notes: Bänoo Zan

by Bänoo Zan

The Myth of the Truth

There is a myth that there is a story behind every poem, and there is a myth that stories need poetry to achieve the status of myth. Though poetry is the territory before and beyond stories, I have sketched a creation myth about how I came to write the poems,

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Pivot Points:

by Tracy Kyncl

You know we’re approaching the holidays when you can see your breath in the chilly air, the snow turns into slush, then into ice, and back to slush again, and there’s a huge poster of Hulk Hogan adorning The Press Club’s frosty front window. On Wednesday, November 27th I attended the final Pivot Reading for 2013 and was excited to see the bar as packed as ever,

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“A Certain Level of Quality”

by Jess Taylor

The Eleventh in a Series on Toronto Literary Readings.

“Poets Ned Hagerman and Ian Burgham had an idea in the beginning of presenting relatively high quality readers in a nice, intimate environment and that [the readers] would be paid,” Heather Wood told me about the origins of The Rower’s Pub Reading Series’ philosophy.