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Summer 2014 · Vol. 37 No. 1
Souvankham Thammavongsa talks with Quentin Mills-Fenn, a.k.a. local critical writer and publicist, Bruce Symenka, about her third and most recent collection of poetry, Light. Her poem “Water” first appeared in CV2 in 2002 and then again when it was selected to receive the Lina Chartrand Poetry Award, an annual award that goes to a woman poet published in the previous year of CV2. “Water” hit the poetic sweet spot dead on. Spare, elegant and meditative, Souvankham’s work dispatches quickly the stratums of modern distraction most of us struggle with and heads for the organic — crystalline, moment of seeing — of understanding. Also in this issue you will find new work by a host of new and familiar poets including John Barton, Susan McCaslin, Daniel Cowper, Caitlynn Cummings, Ben Murray and Elise Marcella Godfrey. We also have a couple of reviews to round things out and the winning entries for the 2013 Young Buck Poetry Prize.
Spring 2014 · Vol. 36 No. 4
Each poem in CV2’s spring 2014 “Poetry Only” issue is listening deep into the stirred silence of the page. Where once there was emptiness, a poem; where once there was attention, voice: 25 poets careening for your ear! Here reside disturbed ponds, otter-tailed exclamations, interstellar field static, oceanic fault lines, silent synapses, glacial angels, northern ghost-farms, skeleton councils, phantom dollhouses, sub-island descents, and debt, much debt—inherited, historical, environmental—to reconcile.
Winter 2014 · Vol. 36 No. 3
CV2 explores how poetry in this country has been impacted by what are in more official circles referred to as non-dominant cultures in Canada. Includes feature interviews with poet and writer Peter Midgley, who was born in Namibia and stayed in Canada after finishing his PhD at the University of Alberta; and with Rand Jacobs, a.k.a. RC Weslowski, a member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam community since its early days in the late ’90s and an instrumental person in Canada’s Slam movement. Both of them talk about their art and the social and cultural inspiration behind their work.You’ll also find new poetry by Rhea Tregabov, Oana Avasilichioaei, Andy Quan and others, as well the final instalment of “Resistance/Words for the Revolution,” and a special art supplement featuring Sonny Assu.
Fall 2013 · Vol. 36 No. 2
This issue features award-winning poet Tim Bowling in spry conversation with poet and often controversial poetry critic, Carmine Starnino. The two discuss the state of contemporary critical writing in Canada, the impact of social media, Starnino’s provocative views on poetry, and much more. Poetry by Lina Chartrand Poetry Award recipient Katherena Vermette; a new instalment of Resistance/Words for the Revolution including a previously unpublished piece by the late, much beloved trickster poet, Marvin Francis; and the winners of the 2013 2-Day Poem Contest.
Summer 2013 · Vol. 36 No. 1
This issue starts with Sharon Caseburg’s candid and insightful conversation with poet Ken Babstock about poetry and family and his writing process which is aptly followed by a selection of both new — including the poem “Half-Macedonian,” a lullaby he wrote when his son was still very small — and previously published work from his most recent and Griffin Poetry Award-winning collection, Methodist Hatchet. Along with Ken Babstock’s poetry we have new work from Patricia Young, Barbara Black and Julia McCarthy to mention just some of the writing you’ll find in the pages to come. Also, CV2 is very pleased and excited to present a new feature, “Resistance/Words for the Revolution”: writing inspired by the Idle No More movement and the recent activities protesting the treatment of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
Spring 2013 · Vol. 35 No. 4
CV2’s annual issue dedicated to poetry - and poetry only. Barry Dempster, Alice Major, Phoebe Wang, Onjana Yawnghwe and 32 others bring you new poetry this spring. This issue also has the winners from the 2012 2-Day Poem Contest.
Winter 2013 · Vol. 35 No. 3
In her essay “Making Art,” Winnipeg poet and novelist Catherine Hunter writes: “Some artists leave home to make discoveries, to remake themselves. Others stay put to discover themselves and remake their homes.” It makes sense then, that, in addition to a fine array of writing and art, this issue represents a range of the “Winnipeg experience” as represented by former Winnipeggers like Jon Paul Fiorentino and Sylvia Legris; transplanted Winnipeggers like Méira Cook and Derek Dunlop; budding Winnipeggers like Steven Leyden Cochrane; and of course all those Winnipeggers for life like Catherine Hunter and John K. Samson. All artists, all very different in their mediums, approaches and ways of speaking. Common to them all: the unique gravity of this city.
Fall 2012 · Vol. 35 No. 2
Featured conversation with well-known Canadian poet, Jeanette Lynes. Thoughts of another well-known Canadian poet, Tim Bowling, in response to the loss of the very important American poet Adrienne Rich.
Summer 2012 · Vol. 35 No. 1
To delve deeper into the relationship between poetry and nature, we are pleased to have celebrated Canadian poet John Steffler in conversation with poet and editor Sharon Caseburg.
Spring 2012 · Vol. 34 No. 4
There are thirty-nine poets in this issue, and that many and more new poems. Pick a few—plant ’em all, sprinkle with attention and then let your imagination grow. We guarantee it is worth the effort.