Month: February 2014

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The Crier Presents: The Writing Moment

by Daniel Scott Tydsal

The current North American political climate teaches us essential lessons about poetry, particularly in terms of how and what political power seeks to know. In their respective relationships to knowledge, Barack Obama and Stephen Harper model the two most basic approaches to the world that we can take in our poetry: we can work to make the strange familiar,

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There Are More Kinds of Love

by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen

In “Superhero Girl vs Canadian-ness” by Faith Erin Hicks, a reporter asks the protagonist, “What makes you a Canadian superhero?”

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Refusing Silence

by Tracy Kyncl

Few readings have had the power to make my voice warble when recounting them. On the way home I breathlessly told my partner everything I had seen and heard that night. I was shocked, humbled, and moved. After the Honouring Indigenous Women Booklaunch and Fundraiser on February 12th, 2014, I’ve been going over in my mind all the times I’ve encountered literature by Indigenous people,

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A Rob Ford Skin-Trampoline

by Daniel Scott Tydsal

Thank you to everyone who entered the Town Crier’s first Writing Moment Poetry Contest. We are pleased to announce our winners. To learn more about the contest, and to try out the prompts the poets responded to, click here. And stay tuned for news on contest number two.

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A Momentary Dislocation

by Ryan Pratt

You know that quiet individual who grabs a seat in the back row and engages in temporary tunnel vision with his phone until someone approaches the mic? Nice to meet you, I’m sorry. It was in the Niagara Artists Center that I first grew complicit as an outcast, attending only three of the Grey Borders Reading Series events,

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Sara Peters’s 1996

by Jason Freure

Sara Peters’s 1996 combines the familiarity and weirdness of being a child who does not entirely understand what’s going on around her but has an idea. The scenarios are typical of adult literature about childhood: animal cruelty, sexual exploration, and violent imaginations. Peters handles the subject with clarity and restraint. 1996’s poems are largely uncomplicated lyrics about the disturbing and disturbingly ordinary parts of the narrator’s childhood.

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Poets, Hug it Out

by E Martin Nolan

A poet I know recently had a family emergency. To keep everyone in the loop, he posted updates on Facebook. Eventually the danger passed and it looked like everything would be OK. A great thing. After, I was struck by the comment thread, at once familiar and not. Another thread filled by poets chiming in.

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Adaptation and Expectation

by Tracy Kyncl

For many years I have been fascinated by the notion of adaptation. Adaptation, more than any mise-en-scène or editing trick, incenses moviegoers with critical bloodlust and turns the most amateur viewer into a self-proclaimed expert on literature-to-film metamorphoses. Remember when the Harry Potter films came out and every other person you talked to had qualms with the directors for leaving out scenes from the novel,

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Earth in the Books

by Jillian Harkness

Jillian Harkness’s interview with Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott (on their latest collaboration, Decomp) will appear in The Puritan, Issue 24: Winter 2014.

For the wanderer doesn’t bring back from the mountainside
to the valley a handful of earth, unsayable to everyone,

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Arts-washing

by Jason Freure

Bruce Katz, Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution thinks that 2014 will be a watershed year for Innovation Districts. The Innovation District is a cluster of R&D institutions and tech firms centralized in one urban district. Typically start-up companies and spin-offs open their offices nearby. One theory of urban innovation argues that geographical proximity makes professional networking easier and promotes the cross dissemination of ideas.