Month: November 2017

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Black Friday VI: A Year-End Celebration

by Town Crier

Black Friday VI nears! Every Black Friday, The Puritan celebrates another year of publishing. This is our sixth Black Friday party and our tenth year as a magazine. Join the editors, readers, staff, and some fantastic Puritan contributors for our annual fall party this Friday. There will be readings,

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Review of Jessica Bebenek’s Fourth Walk

by Annick MacAskill

Fourth Walk is the third chapbook by Montréal-based poet Jessica Bebenek, one of three titles put out by microlit publisher Desert Pets Press this past spring. In the opening stanzas of “Accismus,” the second poem in the collection, the poet unites two distinct and seemingly irreconcilable incarnations of the lyric voice: the personal,

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“Listening to Detroiters”: 3 Questions for Aaron Foley

by E Martin Nolan

Aaron Foley is the City of Detroit’s chief storyteller, a new position created by Mayor Mike Duggan to tell the stories of Detroiters citywide. Most recently, he was editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine, a 35,000-circulation monthly glossy in Metro Detroit. He is also the author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass (BELT,

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Call Out: Literary Suburbia

by Kathryn Stagg

The Puritan is calling for submissions to a special supplement to its Winter Issue, “Literary Suburbia.”

Sprawling and monotonous, housing melancholic households with hidden dysfunctions—the suburbs, as they are often depicted in literature, are sinister places, dangerous precisely because of their seeming innocence. In the works of writers like Richard Yates,

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Reforming the Breath of Canada in Sonnet L’Abbé’s Anima Canadensis

by Adam Mohamed

Birthdays, as a ritual, function by celebrating the existence of one stable thing that takes its place as an object. When we celebrate Canada’s birthday, we are celebrating the existence of one country. However, there is always an ethical question of whose existence comprises the diverse nation of Canada we are asked to celebrate; moreover,

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Interview with Alexandra Leggat

by Fawn Parker

Two Wolves Press, a project run independently by Toronto author and teacher Alexandra Leggat, launched its first release in May 2016. Since then, Alexandra has released a second title and has two more in the works. I spoke with Alexandra about her exciting new titles, mentorship, and what’s to come!

Fawn Parker: What led you to launch Two Wolves Press?

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Comics on Poetry, Poets on Comedy

by Kris Bone

As a follow-up to our recent roundtable talk between comedians and poets, we asked some of our participants to give us their thoughts on a piece from the opposite medium. Poets Bänoo Zan and Owain Nicholson took in sets from Toronto comics K Trevor Wilson and Danish Anwar, while comedians Joel Buxton and Juliana Rodrigues read poetry by Karen Solie and Lynn Crosbie.

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St. Jesus of the Zombies

by Trevor Campbell

When I was in the sixth grade, I wanted to do a school project on ghosts. My mother, a fervent Catholic, was horrified. At age ten, my concept of ghosts focused mainly on vengeful hauntings and bumps in the night—the kind of stories that my friends and I read in the young reader anthologies we found in the St.