Josef Kaplan: From Democracy Is Not For The People

Josef Kaplan looks right into the contradictory combustions of our Occupy/Poetry Renaissance moment and sits in the difficult questions. The ones poetry, for all it’s general puffery around speaking truths,…

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,…

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.”…

Daniel Zomparelli: Ermahgerd Perertry or How to Build a Language Overnight

I’ve been a longtime proponent of pop-culture and memes. This gets me into a lot of debates that a poet shouldn’t get into. Debating Ludacris’ lyrics as sound poetry may…

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…

Ange Mlinko

Ange Mlinko: Polymer Sonnets

Ange Mlinko’s poetry collections include Starred Wire and Shoulder Season, both available from Coffee House Press. Her forthcoming book, Marvelous Things Overheard, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux…

Pasha Malla

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…

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…

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…

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…