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Narthex and Other Stories by H.D

Narthex and Other Stories by H.D

Review by Dana Drori “What then is reality? Diamonds?” So wonders Madelon Thorpe in “Ear Ring”, the opening story in BookThug’s curated reissue of Hilda Doolittle’s (H.D) uncirculated prose, Narthex & Other Stories. The collection is comprised of three works: “Ear-Ring”, first published in 1932 under the name Rhoda Peters, “Pontikonisi (Mouse Island)”, published in...
Croak by Jenny Sampirisi

Croak by Jenny Sampirisi

Review by Sarah Bernstein As I read and reread Croak by Jenny Sampirisi, endeavoring to find a point of entry, I thought at last: yes, that’s it. Thresholds. The bodies in Croak spill over their own bounds; they have extra digits or limbs or else they have too few or else those they do have...
Prehistoric Times by Eric Chevillard

Prehistoric Times by Eric Chevillard

Review by Alan Reed First, I must confess to not being entirely impartial when it comes to Eric Chevillard. He is already among my favourite writers, he has been for years. I discovered him by chance‚ I was a student living in Toronto when I came across one of his novels on a display table...
Skullambient by Liz Howard

Skullambient by Liz Howard

Reviewed by Fenn Stewart   not for lack of wolves or inside of wolves or besides the point of wolves Liz Howard’s Skullambient makes tracks across the landscapes of anti-Ontari-ari-ario; it meditates on the bleak & vivid spaces of a Canada that’s been built & nourished on appropriated land, trees, water, art. Howard’s scene is...
The King of a Rainy Country by Brigid Brophy

The King of a Rainy Country by Brigid Brophy

Review by Aimee Wall It’s such a cliché to speak of someone having been “ahead of their time.” And a little frustrating. We can only really ever say that in hindsight; it feels like the kind of praise that’s too little, too late. I started writing this review trying to avoid that sentiment, but in...
I see my love more clearly from a distance by Nora Gould

I see my love more clearly from a distance by Nora Gould

Review by Allison LaSorda Late last year, Russell Smith of The Globe and Mail wrote an article on Canada’s unlikely poetry renaissance; in it, he suggests an increasing interest in poems that are “just on the line between the lyrical and the full-on experimental,” recalling a bygone era wherein there was “a lot of nature...
2500 Random Things About Me Too by Matias Viegener

2500 Random Things About Me Too by Matias Viegener

Review by Jacob Wren I am Facebook friends with Matias Viegener but have never met him. I have many Facebook friends I’ve never met (in fact, most of them.) I am told this is called being a ‘collector’ but I certainly don’t think of it in this way. I suppose what I think is that...
Cosmo by Spencer Gordon

Cosmo by Spencer Gordon

Review by Karl Fenske Cosmo is impossible to tear away from without gushing embarrassing mawkishness. From a galaxy of personalities, a character is plucked and presented to the reader straight. One is led by a benevolent narrator through celebrity and nobody, helium pop and deficient art, all given equivalent currency. For all the presence of...
(NOT) GIRLS AND (MAD)WOMEN: Tiqqun's Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young Girl and Kate Zambreno's Heroines

(NOT) GIRLS AND (MAD)WOMEN: Tiqqun’s Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young Girl and Kate Zambreno’s Heroines

Review by Heather Cromarty A little less then ten years after her first video, where she played the perfect conception of a virgin-whore, Britney Spears seemingly lost her mind. By then a divorced mother of two, Britney was for a short time uncontrollable, too wild, and unredeemable. She lived as a construction of our society,...
Hoa Nguyen's "As Long As Trees Last"

Hoa Nguyen’s “As Long As Trees Last”

Some years ago, during a seminar on Joanne Kyger in one of my favourite classes at McGill (“Poetry at the Mid-Century: the New York School and the San Francisco Renaissance”), my professor compared Kyger’s fragmentary poems to icebergs: “almost all of it is under the page level,” he said. They hint at larger meanings, to...
Lise Downe's "This Way"

Lise Downe’s “This Way”

An old wooden sign points both left and right – on it written ‘THIS WAY.’ The cover of Lise Downe’s most recent book is cleverly a sign, both literally [a signpost] and figuratively [semiotics], a symbol for language poetry, that is, a poetry that resists any definitive meaning. Working as both clue and caution, THIS...
Two from Derek Beaulieu's "No Press"

Two from Derek Beaulieu’s “No Press”

If you aren’t aware, Derek Beaulieu is a prolific artist who is extremely active within multiple art communities. No surprise then that his newest chapbook imprint No Press is just pumping out the jewels. What really makes No Press special is that Beaulieu curates work from big names and less big names he thinks [and...
Helen Guri's "Match"

Helen Guri’s “Match”

Robert Brand is no Superstar Ken doll, but rather an emotionally challenged middle-ager who buys into the lyrics of the “Barbie Girl” song that when “life is plastic, it’s fantastic.” Brand literally likes his women in silicone — his bag is a life-size Barbie ordered over the internet, meant to fulfill his amatory needs.  (When...

Donato Mancini’s “You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence”

Donato Mancini’s “You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence” is a book about writing about poetry. There is an ideology lurking unspoken in the practice of reviewing poetry in Canada, it claims, and it sets about to reveal it. And it does, more or less. In the end an ideology stands revealed, one...
Motherhood in the Work: An Inte[re]view of Montreal Visual Artist Frédérique Ulman-Gagné

Motherhood in the Work: An Inte[re]view of Montreal Visual Artist Frédérique Ulman-Gagné

I was trying to work in the house and I had a very young child that was always beside me and naturally he started picking up the paints. I would move my paintings higher so that he could not access them, but he would climb on a chair and he would always attack the painting...
An Abandonded Prologue to Pasha Malla's "People Park"

An Abandonded Prologue to Pasha Malla’s “People Park”

This was my first attempt, after months of drawing maps and filling notebooks, at writing an overview of the city in People Park. I’d intended to use it as a prologue to the book, an initial sketch of the city’s geography to orient the reader. But then I wondered if the novel might be better...
Statues and Drones: A Review of Public Figures by Jena Osman

Statues and Drones: A Review of Public Figures by Jena Osman

How come there are no right wing poets actively working today? There must be a few out there somewhere, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across one. I wondered about this while reading Public Figures by Jena Osman since, even though there is no real mention of her political position anywhere within the book,...
Kate Zambreno's "Heroines"

Kate Zambreno’s “Heroines”

Reading Heroines, I kept thinking of Jane Tompkins’ essay “Me and My Shadow,” and the relief I felt upon discovering it as a disillusioned student. Tompkins, writing in the late eighties, speaks of her frustration with the ‘false split’ in her self, a split deemed necessary to separate a public, academic self from a woman...
Excerpt from the Novel-in-Progress, "Polyamorous Love Song." By Jacob Wren

Excerpt from the Novel-in-Progress, “Polyamorous Love Song.” By Jacob Wren

Polyamorous Love Song: a Short Synopsis Polyamorous Love Song is a novel Jacob Wren has been working on for many years now. It is a book of many different narrative through-lines. For example: 1) A mysterious group, known as The Mascot Front, who wear furry mascot costumes at all times and are fighting a revolutionary...
Wilding the Domestic: Emily McGiffin’s "Between Dusk and Night"

Wilding the Domestic: Emily McGiffin’s “Between Dusk and Night”

  Patrick Lane, quoted on the back of the volume, is “undone” by Emily McGiffin. Undone – interesting to consider this word as a descriptor when the collection’s final poem, “Swadeshi” which charts the process of weaving a wool sweater, is merely one instance of McGiffin’s interest here in what’s made of the rags of...

The Resonance of Things: Jan Zwicky’s “Forge”

I begin my review of Jan Zwicky’s sonorous Forge with some echolocations—that is, intertextual bricolaging—with excerpts from texts that intersect with the sonic undulations present in Forge. Zwicky’s work welcomes such a reading as her own poetry—including her philosophical texts: Wisdom and Metaphor and Lyric Philosophy—are resonantly interwoven together in polyvocal relation to an archive...
Reading and Thinking: Lisa Robertson's "Nilling."

Reading and Thinking: Lisa Robertson’s “Nilling.”

Nilling is a book about books. It is a book about reading and a book about thinking, because for Lisa Robertson the two cannot be so easily teased apart. And it may be a stretch to say this, as it is a book about a great many other things besides, but alongside all those other...
The Limbless and Resolute in Kotsilidis’ Hypotheticals

The Limbless and Resolute in Kotsilidis’ Hypotheticals

Hypotheticals Leigh Kotsilidis, Coach House Books Appropriately, the first poem in Leigh Kotsilidis’ debut poetry collection, Hypotheticals, is “Origins.” Echoing against the book’s epigraph—“In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded” (Terry Pratchett)—the poem’s tightly woven and impressionistic two stanzas are concerned with the business of cleaving apart physical matter to create a space for...
Laura Broadbent reads Erin Moure

Laura Broadbent reads Erin Moure

  Document 29 (French thinking)  from O Cidadan     To enable a language (returning) is also to allow intrusions, and to enable intrusions or their possibility as part of the cultural order. An overlap (micro) into a zone. Sometimes only the “overlap” makes borders of a zone visible. (A horse that is also red,...
Inter(re)view: I Burn Paris - A conversation with translator Soren A. Gauger.

Inter(re)view: I Burn Paris – A conversation with translator Soren A. Gauger.

I Burn Paris was written in a climate of uncertainty, nihilism, social and political upheaval, and precipitous change. The Great War had ended, the Bolsheviks were in power, Europe was trying grotesquely to forget the damage it had caused, labor was cheap, and prosperity was shifting to a smaller and smaller segment of the population....
Review of Eileen Myles' INFERNO [A poet's Novel]

Review of Eileen Myles’ INFERNO [A poet's Novel]

How did I not know about Eileen Myles? An icon, a feminist, oh, a feminist icon? An activist. A New York person, a person of that city, who can’t make sense without the city. Well no. I didn’t know.  Because Eileen Myles is a poet, and I’ve shied away from poetry my whole life. It...