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Anthologizing the energetic Calgary writing scene

derek beaulieu & rob mclennan, eds. The Calgary Renaissance. (Chaudiere Books  2016). In his piece, ‘Dawn (from the Day Book),’ Jordan Scott asks, ‘Who has faith in the arbitrary?’ & one answer, given the alphabetical ordering of writers in The … Continue reading

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Adrienne Gruber’s craftily controlled buoyancy

Adrienne Gruber. Buoyancy Control. (BookThug 2016). That cover illustration, the octopus arms writhing, is more than a little suggestive of the fluid shifting about of concepts, motifs & motives inside this provocative assemblage. The concept of body (leading to mind) … Continue reading

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K.I. Press’s very Exquisite Monsters

K.I. Press. Exquisite Monsters. (Turnstone Press 2015). The monsters certainly abound in K.I.Press’s latest, & many of them speak. The eyes, the ‘I’s, open themselves to weird experiences everywhere. A kind of sly horror mixed with surrealist vision takes control, … Continue reading

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Rahat Kurd’s linguistic love for a contradictory world

Rahat Kurd. Cosmophilia. (Talonbooks 2015). In the final poem of Cosmophilia, ‘Married to English,’ Rahat Kurd admits she is indeed wed to the language she has played with & broken up with other tongues throughout this collection. English is unavoidable … Continue reading

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Kate Hargreaves’s Language Leak

Kate Hargreaves. Leak (BookThug 2014). If ever there was a need for the term ‘visceral writing,’ Kate Hargreaves’s Leak provides it. A bruising book of bruises, of both body & mind, Leak refuses to play down the internal & external … Continue reading

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Monty Reid takes care of his Garden

Monty Reid. Garden (Chaudiere Books 2014). In Garden, Monty Reid turns his own soil with wit & precision. This sharp, taut, often funny, always witty book once again proves he can also turn a phrase. a line, with the best. … Continue reading

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The political poetry of Wanda John-Stewart & Mariner Janes

Mariner Janes. The Monument Cycles (Talonbooks 2013). Wanda John-Kehewin. In the Dog House (Talonbooks 2013). These two books raise a number of questions about what we call ‘political poetry.’ Not ‘political poetry,’ what is it? But ‘political poetry,’ how does … Continue reading

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