Month: January 2014

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Out with the Old

by Tracy Kyncl

As 2014 begins, there is a reinvigorated sense of excitement that permeates those looking forward to a new year and those eager to leave the last one behind. On January 8th I attended the Brockton Writers Series, a monthly reading series that emphasizes diversity and offers a variety of writers the chance to share their work in a safe space (for more information about their mandate,

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From the Vaults: Amanda Earl

by Amanda Earl

Past Puritan contributor Amanda Earl discusses her ghazals from Issue 17: Spring 2012, and cheating at the game of convention.

My ghazals were published in Issue 17, Spring 2012. I wrote about 120 of these poems in response to ghazals by John Thompson, Adrienne Rich,

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“Don’t Wait—Start Your Own Thing”

by Jess Taylor

The Twelfth in a Series on Toronto Readings

“In ‘Do It Yourself,’ you don’t wait for the funding,” poet and academic Dale Smith told me in his Toronto east-end home. Smith and poet Hoa Nguyen run a house reading series called Skanky Possum. The couple’s time in San Francisco,

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Street Culture

by Jason Freure

When urbanists and culture critics write about culture in the city, they often use cultural institutions as props for artistic life. David Mirvish’s “John Street Cultural Corridor” refers to the Mirvish Theatres, Scotiabank Cinema, the Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts, and the AGO north of Grange Park. These places tell you that the city values the arts and has a rich “cultural” life.

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Author Notes: Nathan Slinker

by Nathan Slinker

Nathan Slinker, winner of the Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for poetry, talks about his winning poem, “New Pastoral,” published in Puritan XXIII

A Wounded Quilt

“New Pastoral” came together the way I imagine a quilt might (though I know next to nothing about the art of quilt-making).

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The Puritan Marks Its Progress

by Spencer Gordon & Tyler Willis

As another year draws to a close and 2014 begins, we cannot help but reflect on how far the magazine has come since its inception, and in so doing, think ahead to where we hope to be at year’s end.

These past 12 months have seen numerous milestones for the journal. And the more things have changed,

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The Burden and the Baggage

by E. Martin Nolan

The PUPPY FIGHT and What’s Beyond

A proposition: there are two levels operating simultaneously in the on-going, everlasting Great Canadian Poetry Review Debate (GCPRD): the baggage and the burden. We carry each in one hand. The baggage level is dominated by short spurts of energy directed toward members of the “opposite camp.”

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From the Vaults: PUPPY FIGHT!

by E. Martin Nolan

This article was originally published in the bad-old days of the original Town Crier, in the heat of the PUPPY FIGHT.

CORRECTION: This article has been modified as of January 4th, 2013. The penultimate paragraph originally stated, as if it were a fact, that Michael Lista “mostly reviews men.”

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Author Notes: Aurora Brackett

by Aurora Brackett

Aurora Brackett, winner of the Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for fiction, talks about her winning story, “The Edge of Mercury,” published in Puritan XXIII.

I wrote the first draft of this story twelve years ago. I was house-sitting for some friends of my parents,

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Welcome the Uninvited

by Niall McArdle

Misha Bower—the London, Ontario author and musician—sings big, both vocally and thematically. As a member of Toronto indie act Bruce Peninsula, Bower has lent her talents to the group’s signature style of gospel-infused folk-rock harmony. The band’s songs are featured heavily on the soundtrack for Ed Gass-Donnelly’s cult Canadian crime drama, Small Town Murder Songs.