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ON THE CAREER: Mentoring by Example

On the matter of career — Sina Queyras this post originally appeared on the Poetry Foundation website, March 16, 2010 at 12:15pm Poetry as career is always a contentious subject. My rather lighthearted attempts to open up the discussion this week make it seem as though I have a lighthearted approach, which couldn’t be farther...

ON MENTORSHIP: Natalee Caple

Long Life Mentorship Natalee Caple is the author of seven books of fiction and poetry and a professor of English and Creative Writing at Brock University in St. Catharines. Her latest novel, In Calamity’s Wake, was published by HarperCollins in Canada and Bloomsbury in the US. This article originally appeared in the National Post. Jonathan...

ON MENTORSHIP: John Cage

This comes from derek beaulieu. He notes “i think it’s worth noting that cage didn’t write this piece himself, he adopted it from Sister Corita Kent.”
Stephen Collis: Report from the Climate March

Stephen Collis: Report from the Climate March

Poetry and the People’s Climate March: A Brief Report Stephen Collis How do we account for the lived quality of life itself, writ large—the vast web of species that are collectively, relationally, alive at any given moment we care to tune into our planetary presence? How do we think this biospheric being alive, and how...
Vol. 8 Contents

Vol. 8 Contents

WELCOME to volume eight! It might look like we’ve been slacking off, but looks can be deceiving. We’ve simply decided to take things SLOW this time around. We want to enjoy each piece, savour it. That said, you can expect new content every Friday over the course of the next four weeks. Think of it...
Books of the year: A few of my favorite things

Books of the year: A few of my favorite things

Here are a few of my favorite things from the past year. The list doesn’t represent the best books–it can’t–I haven’t read all the books! It represents books that stuck with me. That I would buy and give and happily have on my shelves. I’m adding a note about gift appeal at the end of...
Memoirs & How We Review Women's Books

Memoirs & How We Review Women’s Books

Every Thing Rustles, Jane Silcott. Anvil, 2013. Drunk Mom, Jowita Bydlowska. Doubleday Canada, 2013. by Sina Queyras “But that Montreal scene, I say, cringing.” –Sarah Hampson I had always planned to read Drunk Mom, the memoir by Jowita Bydlowska. As a writer and a relatively new mother, it intrigued. Still, I wasn’t planning on reading it so soon–or so fast–like I...
VOLUME 5 IS LIVE

VOLUME 5 IS LIVE

Lemon Hound is going for Best in Show with the Volume 5. We are introducing a slate of new voices that have our tails pointing. We heard the readers, in our first two polls you asked for more of everything, rather than simply more reviews, or more poetry, and you asked for it more often....
Volume 3: Off Leash & Nipping

Volume 3: Off Leash & Nipping

LEMON HOUND more bite than bark since 2005 lemonhound.com   Press release For immediate distribution Montreal, 14 February 2013 volume  3  of  lemon  hound  is  now  available  online We’re off leash this Valentine’s with an array of nips on the back of the neck. We’ll be rolling posts out over the day and invite you...
Michael Robbins: To the Drone Vaguely Realizing Eastward

Michael Robbins: To the Drone Vaguely Realizing Eastward

TO THE DRONE VAGUELY REALIZING EASTWARD This is a poem for President Drone. It was written by a camel. Can I borrow your phone? This is for President Mark Hamill. Newtown sounds a red alert. Mark Hamill asks is Ernie burnt? Every camel’s a first-person shooter. The Prez’s fez is haute couture. It seems strange...
Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Defence of Poetry

Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Defence of Poetry

It doesn’t feel old, not at all, but it did feel male. Very male. Exclusively so. And so I’ve done a little intervention here. I’m not convinced it’s effective. Or even interesting…but I couldn’t resist myself either so I offer it here. It’s worth rereading in any case, right? If Twitter is any indication it...
Panning for Gold: The Fate of Short Fiction in a Novelistic World

Panning for Gold: The Fate of Short Fiction in a Novelistic World

I was recently sent a self-published collection of stories. The author of this collection had published previously, and been reviewed favourably. The new collection had been submitted to numerous publishers, I was told, but although the reaction to the quality of the writing was generally positive, no one was willing to publish the book, because...
The Men Around Here

The Men Around Here

The men around here huddle still and sudden as mountains. Their hands dangle like wrenches. Thumbs of sandpaper. Use me, they say. I’m ready. Hours gather, hard in stomachs. Overalls stiff,  scarred as the skin of elephants. There where the sparks landed, a hole, there where he dropped the blowtorch, a swath soft as the...
GANGNAM SEMIOTICS: IRONY AND THE POSTIRONIC MEME CULTURE

GANGNAM SEMIOTICS: IRONY AND THE POSTIRONIC MEME CULTURE

I don’t know about you but my day job looks a lot like this. And also this: Ah, the boundless entertainment of the internets. Link-swapping is up there with my preferred methods of workcrastination, and kinder to the wallet than online shopping (just try to forget your credit card numbers once they’re memorized, go ahead...
Gasping for air

Gasping for air

Although summer has a few more days left on the calendar, the beginning of September marks the beginning of the fall publishing season, with its surfeit of big books, author festivals, and glitzy award galas. It’s a season that has everyone – from publishers and award administrators to media outlets and book bloggers – clamouring...

On the Ethics of the Negative Review

Ah, Jan Zwicky. Someone I would like to hear more from, more often and in various venues. Anne Carson too for that matter–but she seems unwilling to comment on anything, not even her own career, which has been impressive and of course, subject to great suspicion on the part of fellow Canadian poets–didn’t one critic...

What a Little Pie Can Do For You…

Thanks to Gillian Jerome and the women who have signed on to CWILA for the sharp visuals that tell a story we all know to well: the number of women reviewing and being reviewed in the most mainstream and the most staunchly literary venues in Canada, like the US is shockingly low. Here’ a visual...
Mummified Barbies: Toward an Essay on Feminine Exteriority

Mummified Barbies: Toward an Essay on Feminine Exteriority

We cut their hair off. Chew on the breasts. Paint their bodies. Slip a condom over their heads and dip them in Spaghettios. We are never quite so inventive in imagining our own bodies as when we encounter this sterile, unreal version of femininity. Our first canvas. Our first manifestation. Our first bout of hostility...

The Lady Poets & All Their Lady Parts

Thanks to Don Share these are, respectively,  Edna St. Vincent Millay, Aline Kilmer, Sara Teasdale, Zoe Akins, Lola Ridge, Amy Lowell…for more see Poetry’s Tumblr. I get it. Getting called Critic Bitch, referred to as a smelly Margaret Wente, minimized, undermined (that’s the most popular form): Ladies, when the assholes start calling you names and...

A few more questions regarding women, reviewing and power structures

Here are the original four questions: 8mLemon Hound ‏ @lemonhound  Reply   Delete   Favorite  · Open Does the lack of women broadly accepted as intellectual/critical forces influence women’s creative relationships? #women&power #womenmentor 9mLemon Hound ‏ @lemonhound  Reply   Delete   Favorite  · Open Does the idea of success evoke a gendered constellation? #womenmentor #womenandpower 10mLemon Hound ‏ @lemonhound  Reply   Delete   Favorite  · Open Is that (successful) woman seen as a peer...

Because we all need a little pie

Closing The Gap: Reviewing Canadian Books Of Poetry Written By Women Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 9:00 am. Written by NatalieZed Every once in a while, I take a very careful look at the by-lines and review content of some of my favourite literary publications. Sometimes I do so because I think I might...

When poets turn to fiction : Sina Queyras : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

Latest post over at Harriet. I find myself constantly wanting to apologize for not writing a big important boy novel about ideas, or a funny novel about a whimsical girl. Why is that? Everyone seems to have an idea about what a novel should and more emphatically, should not be. Novels, to my mind, are...

Aspect Ratio

Ongoing series of Montreal shots, particularly focusing on the northeast corner of the plateau.

Michael Nardone: Some Versions of Furniture Music

Kenneth Goldsmith, on Satie: In the midst of an art opening at a Paris gallery in 1902, Ambient music was born. Erik Satie and his cronies, after begging everyone in the gallery to ignore them, broke out into what they called Furniture Music–that is, background music–music as wallpaper, music to be purposely not listened to....

Proof that people confuse negative with intelligently, or amusingly, critical

Not that I need open the whole debate again (nuff said on that I think), but here’s a little piece by Michael Robbins that appeared in Poetry Magazine. Back when I was posting about reviews, Robbins and I were having a back and forth about what people were thinking of when they used the word “negative”...