I had the privilege of spending time with two poetry debuts and with friend and colleague Laura Ritland, and the result is our co-authored review that’s now featured on the Maisonneuve website. Check it out (and also check out the two books Laura and I discuss)!
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Awhile back, I wrote a “how a poem works” essay about Julie Bruck’s poem “Sex Next Door” from her excellent book The End of Travel (Brick Books, 1999), and it’s now published as part of Brick Books Celebration of Canadian Poetry. You can go read it now!
I have all of Julie Bruck’s poetry collections; I’d already read Monkey Ranch twice before it was announced as the winner of the 2012 Governor General Award. Her poems are wonderful! I hope you enjoy the essay; please feel free to share the link and spread the news about the Celebration of Canadian Poetry project!
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I wrote a review for Catherine Chandler’s most recent book of poetry, Glad and Sorry Seasons (Biblioasis, 2014). You can go read my review over on the PRISM international website now; I hope it’ll make you want to pick up a copy and read Glad and Sorry Seasons, too! I love sonnets, so it should be no surprise that I found Chandler’s collection moving; she uses the sonnet form (not exclusively) in the book and speaks gracefully on pain, exhaustion, and longing, but also on love and joy.
Here’s a small excerpt from my review, which includes perhaps my favourite line in the whole book:
Chandler’s sense of longing and joy is particularly wonderful in ‘Sonnet Love’ (41) where her speaker says, ‘I love the way we’re called to referee / the mind-heart match-up in its scanty ring’ and concludes by observing ‘Life’s unpredictability defies / clean dénouement. I love the way it tries.’
Intrigued? Please go read the entire review over on PRISM international!
And if you haven’t read the short list for Arc‘s 2015 Poem of the Year contest yet, please consider doing so! For the next couple weeks, all shortlisted poems—including my poem “Lavinia“—are available to be read and voted on. Wouldn’t it be neat if your vote helped me win bragging rights and the Readers’ Choice Award?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know today is supposed to be all about the colour green, but I am most excited that the first of my tulips revealed its bright purple today!
I wrote a short humour piece that is up on the PRISM international‘s blog today, in which I share with Sierra Skye Gemma my top 10 tips for annoying poets and writers of “less marketable” literature.
Please feel free to share the link widely, especially if you can relate to any of the annoying things on the list. Here it is: 10 Ways to Annoy a Poet (and other writers of “less marketable” literature)! I hope it gives you a chuckle!