Month: March 2014

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The Writing Moment

by Kris Bone

This past Sunday afternoon, an unusual cross-section of Toronto’s writing community gathered at Little Italy’s Bar Italia for an unusual book launch. Up on the bar’s second floor, what was being launched wasn’t a new chapbook or novel, but in fact a new poetry textbook, The Writing Moment,

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Author Notes: Jenny Sampirisi on “How to Cohere”

by Jenny Sampirisi

Recent Puritan author Jenny Sampirisi discusses her long poem, “How to Cohere,” from Issue 24: Winter 2014.

For the past two years I’ve been in some kind of quiet crisis with poetry. You read that awful advice all the time that says you have to keep writing,

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The Aesthetic Tickle

by Nicole R. Grimaldi

If I had known a reading at Pivot could feature a not-so-serious love ballad about Heath Ledger, a surreal and splendid brawl between a bear and a 14-year-old Vietnamese boy, a borderline performance poem about the unreliability of the TTC (written years ago but still very relevant today), and a version of the Rob Ford fiasco spun out into an apt detective drama,

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Preview: Lahey, Guriel, and Wells Speak

by E Martin Nolan

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Poetry” is a series of panel discussions between Anita Lahey, Jason Guriel and Zach Wells. It visits Toronto at 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 20 at Ben McNally Books. 

In The Puritan’s Issue XXIV, Stewart Cole calls on poets to form a true community.

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Playing Over the Noise

by Jason Freure

White Piano (Coach House, 2013) is Nicole Brossard’s latest poetry collection, translated by Erin Moure and Robert Majzels. Brossard is a veteran Québécoise author and has published numerous books of poetry and novels since 1965. Throughout the book, Brossard juggles the musical conceit of her title with references to the process of writing.

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Lost at Sea

by André Babyn

“Every man driven by a fixed idea is insane.”
—Joseph Conrad, Nostromo

John Campbell used to draw pictures for sad children, a surreal webcomic featuring sparse locales, stick-figures, silence, existential dread, and, true to its title, plenty of sadness. Despite its often dark subject matter,

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One Thing Changes Another

by Jess Taylor

While researching for an upcoming Puritan essay on literary community, Oakland poet Stephanie Young’s work proved invaluable to me. In her recent collection of essays and poems, Ursula or University, as well the introduction of Bay Area Poetics, which she edited, Young explores the concept of community, while also looking into literary,

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by Tracy Kyncl

Sam McKegney’s grandmother taught him at an early age that “justice is his responsibility.” While reading some popular texts written by Native authors, such as Eden Robinson’s Blood Sports and Thomas King’s Truth and Bright Water, for example,  McKegney wanted to find a theoretical background for representations of masculinity within those texts.