Month: June 2017

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On Reading and Feeling

by Kathryn Stagg

The first book that I ever connected with was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I distinctly remember, at 14 years old, sitting on my bed and crying for what felt like hours. Over the days that followed, I walked around in a haze: that state between exhaustion and elation that follows an intensely emotional episode.

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Author Note: David Ly

by David Ly

David Ly’s poem “Because I am” appeared in The Puritan’s Spring Issue 37.

I was on the third or fourth day of an intensely irritating writing block that prevented me from adding to my manuscript. Like all of my writing blocks,

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Puritan Spring Launch on June 23

by The Puritan

We’re having a party, and you don’t have to wait until November! Come join the staff and seven stellar contributors to celebrate the launch of Issue 37: Spring 2017 tomorrow on Friday, June 23 at Reunion Island Coffee (385 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto)! We will be featuring readers from both our Spring and Winter 2017 issues in several sets throughout the night.

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JC Bouchard Asks About Early Days

by Suzanna Derewicz

I met poet JC Bouchard my first month emerging into Toronto’s literary scene. It was January 2015. I had been writing poetry at that point for maybe six months and releasing pieces as audio recordings on an old Bandcamp account. This however was my first venture out into this sphere, where I began reading poetic (and at that time more performative) work at open mics and sharing my poetry with people who weren’t just my friends on Facebook.

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One Writer’s Brave Attempt at Solving Sexism and Lazy Writing in One Essay

by Dana Ewachow

I have loved reading my whole life, from the moment I memorized each page of Dr. Seuss’s In a People House and shouted the words while sitting on my mother’s lap. Books have always been part of my studies, my paid work, my unpaid work, and my free time. Books remain my favourite thing to buy and stack on my small IKEA bookshelf that looks more and more like a Tetris challenge every day.

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What Does Your Sign Say About You?

by Kailey Havelock

We buy mythology in the dust jackets of sociology textbooks. We place calendars on altars of meaning to suspend our disbelief and imagine that good times or bad times can be contained within orbital patterns. We wake up and check our horoscopes as if they were news, collecting affirmations of what we already knew. We want to know who is a cat person or a morning person or a tea-drinker.

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The High Cost of Living at the Centre of the Universe

by Jason Freure

You may have noticed that all anybody can talk about in Toronto is the housing market, the housing crisis, and the high cost of living. Not a day goes by without another story or another outrage. On the same day that the president of MetCap, a large property management company, assaulted a tenants’ advocate at the site of a rent strike in Parkdale with his truck,

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Author Note: Jay Ritchie

by Jay Ritchie

You can find Jay Ritchie’s poems “Hôtel-Dieu” and “As If We Aren’t Massive” in The Puritan’s Spring Issue 37. He explains the inspiration of “Hôtel-Dieu” in this author note.


The Hôtel-Dieu hospital is located on St. Urbain Street in Montreal, along the 55 bus route,