Category: Reviews

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Rebels, Bombs, Duende

by Jason Freure

About two-thirds of the way through Jim Smith’s 2012 book of poetry from Mansfield Press, Happy Birthday, Nicanor Parra—I think it was around “Christ, Elqui” and “Risk Analysis of a Poem”—it hit me: if you’re going to write poetry at all, you might as well write whatever you want. The payout just isn’t worth the compromise in such a low revenue,

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Local Publishers Launch Their Fall Lineups

by Tracy Kyncl

After a great time at the BookThug launch, I headed over to The Garrison for the Coach House launch on Thursday, October 3rd. Despite the fact that I arrived half an hour early to an empty room, I knew that the Coach House launch would be quite the affair, considering that Wayzgoose was one of the wildest parties I had been to in a long time.

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ReTrOspective: Looking Back at uTOpia in the Rob Ford Era

by Jason Freure

uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto was published in 2005, two years after David Miller’s election as mayor of Toronto, and he even wrote the forward. In this brief post, it’s not entirely possible to do justice to the dozens of ideas, visions, and histories in uTOpia, but the book is optimistic and imaginative about the city’s future.

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Why Are We Surprised by David Gilmour?

by André Babyn

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

― James Baldwin

The first and last time I purchased a novel by David Gilmour I was 18,

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Author Notes: Mark Jordan Manner

by Mark Jordan Manner

Recent Puritan contributor Mark Jordan Manner answers some questions about his reading habits, what he’s been listening to, and his story, “When Life Gives You Doris,” in Issue XXII: Summer 2013 of The Puritan.

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

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Polyvocality in the Market: Guernica Editions’ Fall 2013 Launch

by Tracy Kyncl

On Sunday, September 15th 2013 I attended Guernica Editions’ Fall Launch at Supermarket in Kensington. I’ve only ever been to Supermarket between the hours of 10 p.m. and 1, or 2 a.m., so it was a lovely surprise to see the venue just as packed as always, albeit with a slightly older crowd than usual.

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“Make it a Collaborative Enterprise:” Liz Howard on AvantGarden

by Jess Taylor

“I was thinking about all of the writers whose work I really loved, and I felt they weren’t being very well represented in the [existing] series and perhaps the community,” Liz Howard told me. This led Howard to start AvantGarden—which is focused mainly on sound-based, experimental, and feminist writers and performers—in May of 2010.

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Traversing Canada’s Literary Terrain

by Tracy Kyncl

If someone asked me why I like literature so much, I would tell them that I was lucky enough to have had high school instructors who taught the subject well. There’s nothing like a butchering of Catcher in the Rye to turn a student off books forever. For me, that wasn’t the case.

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Bob Dylan, Dionne Brand, Louise Carson and the Written-Sung Word

by E. Martin Nolan

We’ve been looking into the tricky role poetry plays when incorporated into music. So far, I don’t think we’ve adequately defined that role. That is appropriate, because what little investigation we have done has suggested that poetry’s role in music should be studied on a case by case basis, and that “tricky” is probably the most important word in any overarching definition of that role.