Month: May 2016

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Artaud Says: Eat the Wall!

by Mike Hoolboom and Kilby Smith-McGregor

<Mike Hoolboom>

TO: <Kilby Smith-McGregor>

In 1933 Artaud was asked to give a lecture at the Sorbonne. He didn’t talk about the plague, he crawled between people’s seats, rolled on the floor, exhibited his boils. The audience didn’t know what to do. Most of them left, laughing too loudly.

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Heart Full of World [Part 2]: In Conversation with Susan Perly

by Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin: Your novel Death Valley gives us the very captivating image of the world as “a blue tumour in space.” Vivienne Pink keeps us aware of human-created illnesses throughout the book. There’s irony in having so much life in a decaying world. Your characters embody the uncertain physical space of Death Valley,

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Heart Full of World [Part 1]: In Conversation with Susan Perly

by Canisia Lubrin

Susan Perly and I met in the beautifully lit Green Beanery, an elegantly hip coffee shop in Toronto. We sat along a bare brick wall lined with cloth sacks of coffee labeled with international locales. It rained and stopped and the hours passed as we sipped lattés and talked about the dazzling world Perly constructed in her new novel,

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Fear No Man

by Eric Foley

My grandfather calls an ambulance a take-’em-away. He calls a cemetery a dead feet. He calls his cottage the fishbone, as in: “Have you driven up all the way to the … fishbone, before?” To which I answer, “Yes.”

The backs of his hands are hard and dark purple from the blood thinners he’s been on for 40 years,

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In Conversation: Roxanna Bennett on Editing and Reading

by Kilby Smith-McGregor

Roxanna Bennett is the author of the poetry collection The Uncertainty Principle (Tightrope, 2014) and web editor for Matrix magazine. Kilby Smith-McGregor’s first book of poetry is Kids in Triage (Wolsak & Wynn, 2016); she is curating this month’s Town Crier.

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In Conversation: Roxanna Bennett’s Uncertainty Principle

by Kilby Smith-McGregor

Roxanna Bennett is the author of the poetry collection The Uncertainty Principle (Tightrope, 2014) and web editor for Matrix magazine.

Kilby Smith-McGregor’s first book of poetry is Kids in Triage (Wolsak & Wynn, 2016); she is curating this month’s Town Crier.

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In Conversation: Vivek Shraya’s even this page is white

by Sonnet L'abbé

“It was really really hard to write this book,” Vivek Shraya told me as we were finishing up this interview. Shraya didn’t just mean that it was difficult to write about race by mining her own personal experiences, but that it was difficult to work in a genre, poetry, that was new to her.

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The Perfect Addiction

by Susanna Fournier

The body has secrets but the body doesn’t lie.  Which is weird, because I lie.

Here’s something true: it’s pretty weird out there for a feminist anorexic. Sorry, a what? I’m a feminist and recovering anorexic. I spent a great deal of my 20s in this strange paradox. My feminism was public and my eating disorder was secret (they usually are).

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Kim Fu and andrea bennett in Conversation

by Kim Fu and andrea bennett

Kim Fu is the author of the novel For Today I Am a Boy and the poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance. andrea bennett is a National Magazine Award-winning nonfiction writer and the author of Canoodlers (prose poetry).