Month: June 2016

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Author Note: David Ishaya Osu

by David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu’s poem “Playthings” was published in Issue 31 of The Puritan, in autumn 2015. The Town Crier is pleased to present this brief interview about the poem’s composition.

Town Crier: Does your poem have an interesting origin story/compositional history you’d like to share?

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Author Note: Elana Wolff

by Elana Wolff

Elana Wolff is the author of “Year of the Horse,” a poem that appeared way back in Issue 31.

“Every memory … has a soundtrack”

Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

A few years ago H.L.

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MicroLit Review: Fenylalanine Publishing

by Jeremy Luke Hill

Fenylalanine Publishing is a digital micro-press that explores the aesthetics of the physical book in the context of digital media. It produces no physical objects itself, but digitally publishes chapbook-length texts that preserve the sensuality of books, encouraging readers to take the files and create the books in their own ways, participating in the production of the books as physical and aesthetic objects.

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Imagining Working: A Review of Zane Koss’s Warehouse Zone

by John Nyman

Open to a random page of Zane Koss’s Warehouse Zone—a small (4” x 5”), short (approx. 44 pgs.), unassuming edition, published with a plain boxboard brown cover by Publication Studio in Guelph, Ontario—and you’ll find something like this:

zero eight pick one each *beep* pick
one each
one ready one one three
pick three each *beep* pick three
three ready three bravo zero one
pick one each
one ready one zero
seven pick one each *beep* pick one
one ready one charlie zero three
pick three each *beep* pick three
three ready …

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Introducing the MicroLit Reviews Series

by Jason Freure

Microliteratures are the pushback against the publishing giants. They are not a stepping-stone for authors towards a bigger, better paying publishing deal. Microliteratures are the communities of readers, writers, publishers, and editors that form around micro presses, small magazines, and digital writing communities. They read each other’s works, they publish each other, and they host readings in coffee shops,

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Raptors, Dive Bars, and Failing to Quit: A Conversation with Eva HD

by Suzanna Derewicz

Suzanna Derewicz: Your first collection of poetry Rotten Perfect Mouth came out with Mansfield Press last year, and Shiner is your second published collection with them. Could you talk a little bit about how you discovered Mansfield, or did they discover you?

Eva HD: When I wrote the pieces in the first book,

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An Interview with Daniel Perry

by Jason Freure

Daniel Perry is the author of the collection of short fiction Hamburger. While the interviewer wishes this conversation had taken place at Dangerous Dan’s, the truth is that it took place over email.

Jason Freure: Why the title Hamburger?

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Talking Poetry, Comedy, and Sex with Vincent Colistro

by Catriona Wright

Vincent Colistro’s debut poetry collection The Late Victorians came out with Véhicule Press this spring. His poems have appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, The Puritan, and elsewhere.

Catriona Wright is The Puritan’s Poetry Editor.

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Author Note: Claire Kelly

by Claire Kelly

Claire Kelly published the poem “First Hot Day” in The Puritan Issue 31.

Two things I’ve learned from looking back at this poem: 1) I’m rather slow and 2) my subconscious is smarter than I am.

Rundown: this poem came out of my thesis,

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(En)title(d): Facts and Fiction

by Clio Em

Scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, it’s hard to miss that every post your friends have shared is begging for a reaction. Online headlines have become more dramatic and imperative as they prompt gut reactions from readers. This may seem to be somewhat morally questionable (although it has become our effective social media reality). Headlines are inventive and readily available rhetorical devices,