April 30, 2020
Poets in Profile: Catherine Owen on Accepting the Muse, Tennyson's "The Eagle", and the Politics of Poetry
After addiction claimed the life of her spouse in 2010, poet Catherine Owen packed up and moved into an apartment on Vancouver's Fraser River. During her morning walks along the shore, she found in its ...
April 23, 2020
"I Know Exactly What Made Me a Poet: Impatience" Grant Loveys on Being a Writing Addict, Killer Endings, and the Thunder of Yates
As its title suggests, the things, people, and situations in Newfoundland poet Grant Lovey's newest collection, Miscreations (ECW), are far from perfect. But that's precisely what makes them so fascinating.An ...
April 14, 2020
Simina Banu Explores Love's Messy Aftermath in Her New Collection
When the acrid smoke of a painful breakup finally clears, what can be salvaged in its wake? It's in this new wasteland of junk food, lies, and other detritus that author Simina Banu's debut full-length ...
April 07, 2020
Poets in Profile: Irfan Ali on Vulnerability, Strong Endings, and His New Collection
12th century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi created an iconic, seemingly indestructible work when he birthed the tale of Layla and Manjun. Over the years, the re-telling of the classic story has become ...
March 31, 2020
Poets in Profile: Beatriz Hausner Talks Rimbaud, Growing Up with Poetry, and Canada's Need for International Literature
Toronto-based poet Beatriz Hausner's forthcoming new collection, Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (available April 16 through Book*hug) is an examination of humanity's long-standing love affair with, ...
January 15, 2020
Don't Adjust Your Antenna: nathan dueck Channels a Pop Culture Obsession Into Poetry in His New Collection
You certainly don't have to be a child of the 80s to appreciate poet nathan dueck's newest collection, A Very Special Episode (Wolsak & Wynn), but it doesn't hurt.Inspired by the Saturday morning ...
December 12, 2019
Poets in Profile: Tanis MacDonald Talks Key Narratives, Taking Your Time, and the Importance of Community
Poet and author Tanis MacDonald's newest collection, Mobile (Book*hug Press), delves into both the historical and modern experiences of women working and living in Toronto, casting their stories against ...
November 28, 2019
"What's on the Page Is the Only Thing That Counts" Poet Bruce Meyer on Finding Inspiration and the Power of a Good Ending
For most of us, and especially in this day and age, life moves at a terrifyingly accelerated rate. We are permanently busy, focused on whatever is coming up next, unable (and, in some cases, unwilling) ...
November 20, 2019
"When One Is Always Looking out for a Poem, the World Begins to Speak" Mohineet Kaur Boparai on the Craft and Mysticism of Poetry
Mohineet Kaur Boparai's newest collection of poetry, Polychromasia (Mawenzi House), tackles the many different shades and frequencies of life, both in India and abroad. Issues of love, caste, patriarchy ...
October 09, 2019
"There's a Moment When Everything's Heightened" Marlene Cookshaw on the Synchronicity and Bliss of Poetry
Marlene Cookshaw's new poetry collection Mowing (Brick Books), her first in over ten years, was worth the wait. Focused on themes of harvest, both literal and figurative, it's a meditative, beautiful ...