Language would not exist without the body: In Conversation with Sandra Ridley

Sandra Ridley’s latest book, Silvija, is a sequence of five feverish elegies which combine narrative lyric and experimental verse styles to manifest dark themes related to love and loss: the traumas of psychological suffering (isolation and confinement), physical abuse (by parent and partner), terminal illness (brain tumour and heart attack), revelation, resolution, and healing. Pulsing

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In Conversation: Phil Hall Chats with Wanda Praamsma About his Latest Collection, Conjugation

From award-winning poet, and our own senior poetry editor, Phil Hall, comes his latest collection of poetry, Conjugation. The term “conjugation” refers to more than the obvious grammatical movement of pronouns through time (I am / you are / they will be). For, in Biology, it also refers to the transfer of information between cells. Conjugation sees an

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In Conversation: Samuel Andreyev discusses The Relativistic Empire

An obsessive perfectionist, Samuel Andreyev inhabits several worlds: he writes in English while living in France; he is an internationally known composer, performer, and teacher; and he is an experimental poet who documents words, phrases, and rhetorical devices while staying true to the fundamental tools of classical poetry. A 49th Shelf “Most Anticipated 2015 Fall

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In Conversation: Steven Ross Smith discusses Emanations: fluttertongue 6

From Steven Ross Smith, one of Canada’s preeminent sound poets, comes Emanations: fluttertongue 6, the latest installment in Smith’s ongoing life-poem series. Emanations: fluttertongue 6 marks Smith’s return to verse form, while being a further engagement with composition by sound and its visual placement on the page. In poems that “emanate” from specific works by other poets (including bpNichol,

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A BookThug’s Guide to the Fall Literary Festival Season

The fall book season has arrived, and cities far and wide will soon be abuzz with literary festival fun. Starting this month, BookThugs will be popping up at book festivals and fairs across the country. Following, we’ve compiled this helpful guide to find your local literary event and the BookThugs who’ll be attending. A BOOKTHUG’S GUIDE TO THE FALL 2015 LITERARY

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