An Interview with Souvankham Thammavongsa
QM: You’ve published three books in almost ten years, starting with your first, Small Arguments. What are you doing when you’re not writing poetry?
ST: Ten years is a long time to be caring about something, to be caring about doing something, isn’t it? In other fields, you’d have a lot of money by now.
I wrote and finished Small Arguments while I was an undergraduate at the University of ...
An Interview with Peter Midgley
Sharon Caseburg: What brought you to Canada? What were your reasons for staying?
Peter Midgley: I came to do a PhD at the U of A and got offered a job right after I finished. And well, here I am, and I guess now Edmonton is home.
SC: After all this time in Canada, do you still get homesick for South Africa?
PM: I do miss South Africa, but I miss the country of my birth, Namibia, too. I miss ...
An Interview with RC Weslowski
In the realm of slam poetry, few have as long a resumé as Randy Jacobs, a.k.a. RC Weslowski. As a member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam community since its early days in the late ’90s, Weslowski has not only been integral to the longevity of Canada’s oldest poetry slam community, but he has also won over communities across the nation. Representing Vancouver seven times at national competitions, he ...
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Essays and reviews
Review: How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir by Amber Dawn
The book is divided into three parts: Outside (chronicling her life on the streets), Inside (working indoors, which is safer and pays better, and paid for her university education), and Inward (acting as a coda, containing reflections about love).
The book ...
Review: Correspondances by Anne Michaels and Bernice Eisenstein
Beyond the power of the writing, which is reminiscent of Michaels’ acclaimed poetry collections The Weight of Oranges and Miner’s Pond, the book also acts as a physical metaphor of itself. “Forgive me, for beginning / at the end,” Michaels writes as she ...
Salzburg (Part 3 of “Homestead: Venturing into the Poetics of Place”)
A physical voice begins to sound. It sounds. It continues to sound, and then ceases. Silence has now come, and the voice is past.
—Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
I wander through the labyrinthine streets of Salzburg following an eight-year-old memory. Wandering, to be sure, as I reestablish my bearings, yet I do have a ...
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