Month: May 2017

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The Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize

by André Forget

The following is an interview with Doug Sikkema, Project Leader for the Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing, a literary award worth $25,000 from Cardus. Cardus is a Canadian think tank “dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture.” The Puritan’s essays editor,

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Interview with A. Zachary

by Aaron Boothby

A. Zachary is a writer and artist living in Toronto. The End, by Anna, published by the Montreal-based press Metatron, is their first book. This interview took place through email conversations, has been edited, and comes with a spoiler alert. You may very much want to read the book before reading.

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Literature Without a Face: A Review of Stephen Thomas’ The Jokes

by Angus MacCaull

“I want to do something worthwhile with my life.” This is the line that closes “Taken,” the first story in Stephen Thomas’ debut collection of flash fiction, The Jokes. In this opening piece, the narrator is watching a Liam Neeson movie on a Friday afternoon,

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Ghost Stories Call Out

by Aurora Stewart de Peña

In October, our blog, The Town Crier, will talk about ghosts. Maybe you grew up in a haunted house. Maybe you received a visit from a deceased relative in a dream. Maybe a wet, angry, dark-haired child crawled through your TV and damaged your floors.

We’re looking for your experiences with and curiosities about ghosts.

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Author Note: Nathan Mader

by Nathan Mader

Nathan Mader is the author of the poem “The Saturn and Sphinx Moths of the Upper Midwest,” which appeared in The Puritan Issue 36. In this author note, he expands on the making of the poem.

It’s fitting that my reading of other poets has radiated “The Saturn and Sphinx Moths of the Upper Midwest.” Over the week or so I was composing it,

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Hot and Bothered: Or, How I Fell In and Out of Love With Poetic Conceptualism

by Kate Siklosi

The following piece concludes the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

“The best PT [Poetic Terrorism] is against the law …”

—Hakim Bey

As a young student of poetics—a bushy-tailed, full-of-piss-and-vinegar-and-linguistic-angst youngster—I was immediately drawn to the classics of conceptual poetry,