An Interview with Molly Peacock
Jason Guriel: Do you read much contemporary poetry these days? Who are some of your favourite younger poets?
Molly Peacock: I do, indeed. Here’s a random list of some younger or emerging poets who always interest me: from the U.S.: Rebecca Wolff, Amber Flora Thomas, Jonathan Weinert, Alessandra Lynch, Richard Newman, Andrea Carter Brown, and Amy Clark. In Canada: Sonnet L’Abbe, Jake Mooney, ...
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 ...
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Ruby Roses, Kiss Goodbye
You, who saved me from hardening, /
let me not harden now /
but walk into the world, disarmed /
In my dream I am walking /
on the edge /
of the world. ...
I’m writing to let you know the microwave is working again. Not because /
anybody fixed it. No one here is that ...
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 ...
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Essays and reviews
Formally Speaking: In the Pen with Pigheaded Souls
My goal in composing these pieces has been to honour gut reactions, however acidic, and to be entertaining about it. I have tried to assume that readers of poetry are smart grown-ups with overscheduled lives, who might appreciate a vigorous opinion. I haven’t felt especially hemmed in by the Canadian border; I have ...
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 ...
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