January 23, 2019
“Psychically, process was a funnel . . .” an Interview with Caroline Szpak
Teasing language until it threatens to go ballistic, Slinky Naive, Caroline Szpak’s debut collection, is sheer sonic joy; a sensual, linguistic hodgepodge worthy of Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Legris ...
December 04, 2018
“I want my poem to embody this poem-like feeling.” - An Interview with Mark Truscott
For years Mark Truscott has digging out his own unique niche in Canadian poetry, one with intense focuses on language, minimalism, and abstract inquiry. Branches, his latest collection, is something of ...
November 06, 2018
An Interview with Paul Vermeersch
Self-Defense for the Brave and Happy, the sixth collection by poet, professor, artist and editor. Paul Vermeersch, feels like a flashlight found in a blackout. By his own admission, when writing the poems, ...
October 19, 2018
All Booked Up: Common Readings
On the fourth Monday of each month, literary types gather at the very nifty Campbell House Museum on Queen Street West for an evening of readings curated and hosted by writer Daniel Kincade Renton.The ...
October 04, 2018
An Interview with Shazia Hafiz Ramji
“My Instinct was to Listen and Notice in Order to Survive.” - Shazia Hafiz RamjiIn her debut collection, Port of Being, Vancouver poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji manages to take the personal and make it into ...
September 05, 2018
“Our Intimate Relations Reveal so much of our Oppressions,” an Interview with Gwen Benaway
Holy Wild, Gwen Benaway’s highly anticipated third collection of poetry, is constructed of deceptively plainspoken poems that want to talk to you about complex things. Its subjects are nothing less ...
August 07, 2018
An interview with Jaime Forsythe
“How I fit myself into my work is something I’m still figuring out.”Jamie Forsythe’s I Heard Something finds mystery in the common place. Domestic scenes take on a surrealistic quality as the ...
July 13, 2018
An interview with Klara du Plessis
“It’s Very Common for me to Constantly Switch Codes While Thinking.”The poems in Klara du Plessis’ debut collection, Ekke, treat translation like ekphrasis, exploring in English the impossibilities ...
June 27, 2018
Why Do We Keep Picture Book Authors and Illustrators Apart? - or How to Play Well With Others
I completely underestimated how emotional the whole process of creating a picture book would be. When my first picture book was being published, I became a horrible self-involved troll-person. I couldn’t ...
May 25, 2018
“A poem discloses something,” an Interview with AF Moritz
If there is such a thing as an eternal place, poetry of AF Moritz inhabits it. In his work, history, myth and nature provide scaffolding that holds epic-minded verse, at once in awe of beauty and trembling ...