Warp and Weft by Carla Stein
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by Bill Arnott
2d ago
I met Carla Stein at a poetry course, our instructors two laureates. A classroom of talent with creative and artistic passion. I was impressed by the dedication and commitment by Carla, as she was commuting from Vancouver Island to Vancouver. The value of the course was never in doubt: the sessions, the teachers, the class, from which friendships evolved — a remarkable bonus — along with a growth of personal output and calibre of craft. Yet Carla’s work stood out. The nuance of a multidisciplinary artist, one whose voice speaks in mixed-media, which emerges in breadth — heightened perspective ..read more
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A Beautiful Rebellion: poems by Rita Bouvier
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by Pearl Pirie
4d ago
I feel like a witness, an audience member at the theatre to see the performance of embodied wisdom verbalized in A Beautiful Rebellion: poems by Rita Bouvier. The collection is in 5 sections: “a beautiful rebellion,” “a place I know,” “supermoon rising,” “when the moon is full,” and “the rest of us will carry you along.” These section titles, together, form a poem unto itself. The first third of the book has grounding experiences in nature, the next third includes interactions with people and their struggles, and the last poems act to hold up sacred moments of being present as a way forward ..read more
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Us from Nothing by Geoff Bouvier
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by James Dunnigan
1w ago
Geoff Bouvier has produced a kind of long poem we haven’t seen for a long time in North America. Us from Nothing is an experiment in the epic that isn’t either doggerel or primarily parody. The poem achieves this, like most modern long poems, by renovating and subverting classical epic conventions, but also by eschewing the heavily allusive, theoretical apparatus of the long poem as it appeared in the hand of so many from Ezra Pound and Charles Olson to Rachel Blau Duplessis and Lisa Robertson. Adopting both a linear, serial structure and a deceptively simple style, Bouvier’s epic is refreshin ..read more
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Excerpt: Anatomical Venus by Courtney Bates-Hardy
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by Emma Rhodes
1w ago
The Birth of an Anatomical Venus First, death: not that of her father fallen into the sea to birth her from foam but her own. Hundreds of bodies for one slashed beauty, some pulled from the water, some from dirt, wrapped in a shroud and dragged to an artist, the salt of the sea mingling with decay. This is no Botticelli. This is the work of blood and bone, fat and gristle, covered by paint and wax. An artist shapes the molds: heart, lungs, and kidneys— pearls for her new cavity. Now, a plaster cast, pour the virgin wax and colour the pale marrow with lead and cadmium. Stuff her hollows with wo ..read more
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“The Poetry Game” Yields Intriguing Results: Frog Pond Review Issue 4, Edited by Misha Solomon
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by Lisa Timpf
1w ago
Titled “The Poetry Game,” Frog Pond Review Issue 4 offers 18 poems, several of them inspired by “a game of close listening.” Ten poets met to participate in the Game. “Gamemaster” Misha Solomon describes the process this way: “The first poem was brought to the Game. The second poem was written during the Game. The third poem was brought to the Game.” And so on. The key question for readers, of course, will be “what was the result?” I found the “poetry game” to be an intriguing concept, and was eager to answer that question for myself. The “game” resulted in an interesting linkage between pairs ..read more
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Deviant by Patrick Grace
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by Nicholas Selig
1w ago
Deviant as a poetry collection not only challenges accepted standards, but excavates beauty from social derision. Grace is surefooted and defiant, torquing queer love and male hostility into language that lulls and then lashes. Oxford Languages defines a deviant as “departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behavior.” Deviant as a poetry collection not only challenges accepted standards, but excavates beauty from social derision. Grace is surefooted and defiant, torquing queer love and male hostility into language that lulls and then lashes. Consider “Strawbe ..read more
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Stranger in a Strange Land: I Imagine My Brother as an Island by Morris Bailey
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by Steven Mayoff
1w ago
A shimmer of vulnerability permeates the poems in Montreal poet Morris Bailey’s debut chapbook I Imagine My Brother as an Island. Bailey was born in the U.K. and is of Jamaican ancestry. This information offers a base of reference in the collection’s theme of identity. At times, Bailey approaches this theme with a sense of displacement that seemingly takes us out of this world, as he does in the opening poem, “Running Away from Ourselves”. You, I and all the others direct our gaze up into an atmosphere which appears decorated with small dots, where in some other placeseven wanderers similar t ..read more
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Michael and Me by Merle Nudelman
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by Bryn Robinson
1w ago
A tribute to the persistence of time and the endurance of love through physical and spiritual worlds Stitched together in Merle Nudelman’s new book of poetry, Michael and Me, are the “buried heartbeat of rectangles”: a memory quilt of 39 patches of a mother’s love for her son, and the son’s own legacy of love through his family (“only roots and bulbs/ remain of floral glory“). This is a tribute to the persistence of time and the endurance of love through physical and spiritual worlds (“between breath and ether”). As the author details “the texture and timbre of years” of a family dealing wit ..read more
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Ethics, Aesthetics, Woolf Waves, Foxtrots: Wrong Norma by Anne Carson
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by Michael Greenstein
1w ago
From its striking, foxy cover to print layout and coloured illustrations, Anne Carson’s miscellany, Wrong Norma, is a beautiful book that reflects its aesthetics on every page. Why wrong? Why Norma? Norma is one root for normal, so wrong normal could be either tautological or oxymoronic. What is abnormal about this book, and what is a normal relationship between author and word? It helps that the final piece, “Wrong Norma,” identifies Norma Desmond, the eponymous, ageless movie star whose identity is bound up with Gloria Swanson, role playing that is featured under various guises in this book ..read more
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Why I Wrote This Book: Issue #26
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by Emma Rhodes
2w ago
Featuring Ellen Chang-Richardson, Suzanne Craig-Whytock, Elliott Gish, and Lorri Neilsen Glenn Why do your favourite Canadian authors write the books they write? Let’s find out in this exclusive feature here at The Miramichi Reader. Ellen Chang-Richardson, author of Blood Belies (Wolsak & Wynn, April 2024) In May 2020, I fell down a research rabbit hole. It was Asian Heritage Month and, as anti-Asian sentiments swirled around me due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was curious. What was the history of Asian Canadians? Why did officials designate the month of May as our herita ..read more
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