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 as a mix-tape in the making. Friday Dance Breaks will never be the same!

 With this issue we announce that Ken Babstock has joined us as contributing editor, Nick Papaxanthos is our assistant poetry editor, Bukem Reitmeyer is now editorial assistant, and Genevieve Robichaud steps up to assistant editor. There are more publications and events under the sun than we can cover: if you’re looking to be a corespondent send us some ideas. 


Reviews/Essays/Short Takes

Bukem Reitmayer on Vivek Shraya: God Loves Hair

Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy on Indigenous Literatures: The Politics of the Invitation

Joey Yearous-Algozin on Trisha Low: The Compleat Purge

Eric Schmaltz on John Riddell: The Selected Fiction of John Riddell

Elisa Gabbert on Mary Karr, Julia Cohen, and Tori Amos: Against Against Decoration

Raymond de Borja on Sincerity

Geneviève Robichaud on Lucy Ives: Orange Roses

Zachariah Wells: “Nailing Down the Hard Parts”

Prathna Lor on Ron Silliman: Revelator

Jessica Langston on Joseph Boyden: The Orenda

Jason Feure: Two Short Takes on Eckerlin and Laporte

J’Lyn Chapman on Wallace Stevens: “Waving Adieu, Adieu, Adieu”

Kate Sterns on Claire Messud: The Woman Upstairs 

Adam Sol on David B. Goldstein: “Laws of Rest”

Trisha Low on Nathaniel G. Moore: Savage 1986-2001

Eric Schmaltz on Stephen Collis: The Red Album

Christine Miscione on John Berryman: The Dream Songs

Max Karpinski on Jessica Bozek: The Tales


In Conversation

Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy in Conversation with Vera Wabegijig

Elvia Wilk in Conversation with J. R. Carpenter

 Jordan Abel and Renée Saklikar in Conversation



Christine Walde: Two Poems

Alex Porco: Four sections from THE MINUTES

Jaime Forsythe: Two Poems

George Murray: Three Poems

Peter Gizzi: In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987–2011

Michael Casteels: Two Poems and One Frog-Pond Sudoku


Prose and Narrative

Larry Tremblay: Obese Christ

Su Croll: Get it on. Bang a gong

Rae Spoon: Gender Failure