Category: Ephemera

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Author Notes from the Vaults: The Present ‘House’ of Story by Gary Barwin

by Gary Barwin

Puritan contributor Gary Barwin shares personal experiences, the burning questions they ignited, and “House,” the poem that emerged from it all. You can read his poem in Issue XI.

Many days, before I can help myself, I’m at the breakfast table reading stories of violence in the newspaper.

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Of Music and Fiction: Questions for Kevin Hardcastle

by Kevin Hardcastle

Recent contributor Kevin Hardcastle discusses components of his process as a writer. You can taste the fruits of his labour in Issue XXI: Spring 2013 of The Puritan.

The Puritan: Did music lyrics have anything to do with the piece we’re publishing?

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Of Music and Poetry: Questions for Peter Norman

by E. Martin Nolan

E Martin Nolan interviews recent Puritan contributor Peter Norman on the ways he makes his poetry sing. 

EMN: How do you conceive of the musicality in your poems? Do you deliberately inject a certain idea or strategy of musicality into them, or is it more natural,

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Recycling the News Cycle

by Spencer Gordon

Jason Freure of The Puritan shares his thoughts on Stefan Christoff’s retrospective, an informative collection that, for better or worse, makes an art of recycling the news.

Stefan Christoff launched his English-language zine-format collection of journalism on the 2012 Quebec student strike at Another Story Bookshop just last month.

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Sports Poems that Work: Mike Spry Edition

by E. Martin Nolan

In “Atrophy and Labour Day Baseball,” featured on The Barnstormer, Mike Spry tells the story of one couple watching a baseball game. It begins comically. The husband has a third beer, then a seventh, and “only then does he notice the sexual tension/ in the catcher/umpire relationship.”

The wife describes how she would like to kill him “with a paring knife,/ in Tulsa,

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Puritan Editor Tyler Willis Interviewed at Open Book Toronto

by The Puritan Editors

Puritan editor Tyler Willis was recently interviewed over at Open Book Toronto by Writer in Residence and former Puritan contributor, Andrew Faulkner (whose  poetry collection Need Machine was published by Coach House this past Spring) in a four-way round-table conversation about editors and editing.

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“Public Speaking Is a Really Good Idea:” Edward Nixon of Livewords

by Jess Taylor

“I kinda feel like I got a reading series the way someone would say, ‘Hey, Jess, I’m moving to Montreal. Will you take my cat?’” A seasoned promoter of the Toronto literary community, avid supporter of live readings, and host of Toronto’s Livewords, Edward Nixon recently gave me a run-down of Toronto’s diverse reading culture,

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P.S.: Priscila Uppal’s Sports Poems

by E. Martin Nolan

In my last post I intended to let the readers judge my judgments for themselves, but that breaks the Crier’s long-established rule that if one will talk about it, one must be about it. So a deeper look at Priscila Uppal’s sports poems is in order.

Before that,

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Sports Poems that Don’t Work: Richard Harrison and (Especially) Priscila Uppal Edition

by E. Martin Nolan

In “Writers and Sports,” Mordecai Richler sets the record straight: “North American literary men in general…have always been obsessed by sports.” And as Richler bears out, sports have long furnished the essayist with worthy material (and his inclusion of Joyce Carol Oates in this essay extends this beyond men).