Spring is just around the corner. At least, this is what I keep telling myself; it’s January in Toronto, I am a recently transplanted Vancouverite. I am a wimp in the face of winter. It’s just around the corner, right? Already we have at least half an hour more of sunlight than we did at the solstice!

Who am I kidding.

To keep my chin up, I was perusing the spring lists, and found a few books to greedily anticipate.

How to Write by derek beaulieu (Talon)

I’m looking forward to this “perverse Coles Notes”, in which “writing as sampling, borrowing, cutting-and-pasting and mash-up meets literature”. I’m always into what beaulieu has to say (or present, I suppose). Great title.


Dupe by Jonathon Wilcke (LINEbooks)

Wilcke’s a known saxophonist in efforts such as the pppoetry band, collaboration with other poets (in this link, with a.rawlings), etc. How will the “notion of musical notation guide the word on the page”? I can’t wait to find out!

[sic] by Nikki Reimer (Frontenac House)

Couldn’t find a cover, but I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. Part of Frontenac’s Quartet poetry series, [sic] is, Frontenac tells me, a “pile-up of pop culture at “the intersection of Art and Commerce”, and the city of Calgary is caught at the stoplight.” Besides blogging here at Lemon Hound, Reimer’s all over the Internet these days. Most recently I found her at the great new reviewing project 95 books.

Bring on the thaw.

Sachiko Murakami wrote The Invisibility Exhibit. She shivers in Toronto.