Month: May 2015

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Timezone of Some Desperate Hour

by Domenica Martinello

Patriarchal European settlers were shocked by the egalitarian nature of many First Nations peoples, mistaking a lack of hierarchal structure for primitiveness and chaos. One of the epigraphs to Liz Howard’s debut collection, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent—simply, “so violent an ecstasy”is a quote from Paul LeJeune,

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Interview with Nathan Dueck

by Julienne Isaacs

The Town Crier’s Julienne Isaacs sat down with Nathan Dueck, author of king’s(mère)a poetic interpretation of the life of William Lyon Mackenzie King. 

Julienne Isaacs: What are you working on these days?

Nathan Dueck: I’m working on some poems so revolutionary they’ve turned the avant-garde into the après-garde.

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Interview with words(on)pages

by Jasmine Gui

If bookselling is an increasingly difficult endeavour, the art and business of bookmaking is an even riskier undertaking. Yet, the D.I.Y literary scene continues to survive in various forms, and adapt in various ways, occupying space at fairs, and festivals. One such small press is words(on)pages, run from a basement apartment by a dedicated 2-person team: Nicole Brewer and Will Kemp.

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Why Are Readings So Boring?

by André Forget

About a month ago, I went to the Pivot reading series and saw self-described best friends kevin mcpherson eckhoff and Jake Kennedy. They … well, read would be the word, I suppose, but it seems like an awfully pedestrian term for what they were actually doing.

It was Pivot’s first run at its new venue,

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Terry Pratchett’s Ankh-Morpork

by Jason Freure

From King’s Landing to Mos Eisley, the most compelling aspect of fantasy and sci-fi genres has always been, for me, the creation of place—especially when that place is a city. All it takes is a bridge, a palace, a cantina, or any hint of urban civilization, and I start to wonder about the names of the streets and the seediest place to get a beer.

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Author Notes: Michelle Brown

by Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown published her two poems, “Kite Festival” and “My student has her foot amputated / I meet you on the platform in Beijing,” in The Puritan Issue 28. In the following interview, she answers four questions posed to her by The Town Crier.

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Why Did You Move to Toronto?

by Aoife Walsh

It’s been 13 months since I left Ireland for Toronto to further my career in publishing. Since then, I’ve toyed with writing about my experience. From very early on, I’ve been urged, encouraged, and cajoled by those closest to me into documenting an account of the experience—so they can see how I’m getting on, I have no doubt.

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The Simpsons: Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

by E Martin Nolan

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play is set in a future in which electricity is no more. Instead of gathering around the tube with dinner trays, people gather around the fire and tell stories of times past. Where do these stories come from? The Simpsons, of course. If the Beatles are the world’s most listened-to poets,

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Author Notes: Natalia Panzer

by Natalia Panzer

Natalia Panzer contributed poems to The Puritan: Issue 28The Town Crier asked Panzer several questions about her work and its origins. She answered them here.

These poems were written in New York during an addiction to Gertrude Stein.