Month: June 2015

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An Asian Experience of the Toronto Literary Scene

by Jasmine Gui

When I was 17, I landed in Canada on a student visa, and settled into undergraduate life at the University of Toronto. At the time, downtown Toronto for me spanned from Church St. to Bathurst, and I vaguely referred to everything else as uptown. I did not know what “double double” meant, nor could I relate to TV,

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Author Notes: Laurie D Graham

by Laurie D Graham

Laurie D Graham was the winner of the 2014 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for Poetry, judged by Margaret Atwood. Her winning poem, “Battleford Gravesite” was published in The Puritan Issue 27. Atwood described Laurie D Graham’s poem as, “A tone-perfect elegiac meditation on the impossibility of engaging with painful history and the necessity of doing so.”

The craziest thing about “Battleford Gravesite” winning the Thomas Morton Prize is knowing Margaret Atwood had not just read the poem,

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Interview with Literistic

by Julienne Isaacs

Liam Sarsfield and Jessie Jones are the brains behind Literistic, a service for writers that curates submission deadlines and information on contests and fellowships. Because she is a major Literistic fangirl, Puritan staffer Julienne Isaacs interviewed them by email just a few days after Literistic’s official launch.

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Author Notes: Caitlin Scarano

by Caitlin Scarano

Puritan alumna Caitlin Scarano discusses finitude, Freud, and poetic energy, and how they fuelled her work, which appeared in Issue 29.

My boyfriend’s grandfather died nearly two years ago. Fall was turning to early winter in southwestern Virginia. He died not far from where my father recently died in Tennessee.

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Thinking Publicly

by Domenica Martinello

After a decade in publishing, Lemon Hound said thanks & so long on May 11th, much to the shock and disbelief of myself and many others. Even the date, 5/11 has a disastrous ring to it. I’ve never really felt a sense of literary mourning for something this way and I know I’m not alone.

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Author Notes: Glen Armstrong

by Glen Armstrong

Mr. and Mrs. Tattoo,” a poem by Glen Armstrong, appears in The Puritan Issue 29. Here, Glen Armstrong writes about his process and inspirations.

“Mr. and Mrs. Tattoo” is a poem that went through more drafts than I’d care to confess to.

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Cronyism and Canadian Review Culture

by André Forget

After Mike Steeves unwittingly launched a cascade of commentary when his first novel, Giving Up (BookThug), was reviewed by his friend Pasha Malla for The Globe and MailPuritan staffer André Forget interviewed him to learn the author’s own thoughts on the book and the conversation it sparked.

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Author Notes: Jowita Bydlowska

by Jowita Bydlowska

Jowita Bydlowska published the story “Helen is Not My Friend Anymore” in Fall 2014’s Puritan Issue 27. She was also a featured reader at The Puritan’s annual Black Friday bash. In the following post, Jowita answers our question about the making of “Helen is Not My Friend Anymore.

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Two Books About Flowers

by Jason Freure

Looking at the body of a headless Cloten, Shakespeare’s Imogen says, “These flowers are like the pleasures of the world; this bloody man, the care on’t.” Flowers are one of the oldest images of metaphor. They stand in for spiritual, aristocratic, environmental, and romantic meanings. Shakespeare uses them extensively, but in the same breath,

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Mad Max, Karen Solie, Outkast, and the State of the Planet

by E Martin Nolan

I just saw George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. I’m not sure now if I’ve ever seen a movie before that. I mean, what a movie can be. Nothing’s perfect, but this was damn close to perfect—moving, provocative, and ruthless—spectacle. The movie is terrifying on multiple levels. It’s a sublime nightmare circus in the desert.