Category: Reviews

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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.

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Back to School in Toronto

by Tracy Kyncl

Puritan Publicity agent Tracy Kyncl goes to Massey College to celebrate with Robert McGill.  

On September 11th 2013, Robert McGill launched his latest novel, Once We Had a Country, at Massey College on the U of T campus. The novel,

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Books About Book-lovers

by Jason Freure

When Hrabal wrote Too Loud a Solitude, he lived in a literate country that, in his own words, “would lay down their lives for a bale of compacted thoughts,” under a government that loathed books and the people who wrote them (Too Loud was published underground in 1976,

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The Final Days of Q Space

by Tracy Kyncl

Puritan Publicity Agent Tracy Kyncl finalizes her farewell in part two of her series on Toronto’s beloved hub, Q Space.

As a final send off to Q Space, Luciano Iacobelli organized and hosted the Lyrical Myrical Author’s Festival from Friday, August 23rd until Sunday,

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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 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).

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Others Have Blossomed: Eliza Griswold’s Introduction to Landays

by Phoebe Wang

Western poets have been aware of the ghazal’s couplet-like form for decades. But there is less familiarity with landays, a form of oral folk couplet shared amongst speakers of Pashtun. That may soon change with the Poetry Foundation’s June issue, which is entirely devoted to the form.

In the accompanying Poetry Magazine podcast,