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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At first it’s your hands, blistered, /
mat studs making soft flesh /
raw, your back, pulling, heaving, / ...
If It Tumbles Down
Battling here-or-there-fatigue /
in brilliant yellow darkness. /
The tiniest sounds of fracture — /
all eighths ...
Prayer for a New Song
Here in this narrow seat /
with a god’s eye view /
from the belly of unfathomable /
mechanics, 36 077 feet / ...
We See Here, He Said,
only one soldier on the porch, and only for a moment. /
Army is a visiting ferris wheel, he whispered. A carousel. ...
On Marley’s wall in ’64 hung Melba Ogle, /
she said. /
Bob said ’scuse me to the girl in his bed, / ...
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Essays and reviews
Review: Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain by Russell Thornton
Throughout numerous collections, chapbooks and anthology appearances, Russell Thornton has engaged with a loosely unified group of themes. Whether one reads the early nature/culture explorations of The Hewed Out Light (1984), the verse travelogue A Tunisian ...
Review: Archive of the Undressed by Jeanette Lynes
Before the internet, before pornography was available with the click of a button, before womens’ naked bodies popped up in front of the unsuspecting web-surfer, Playboy was queen. The centrefold was the epicentre of legal, commercial, mass-distributed ...
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 ...
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