Kicks Just Keep Getting Harder to Find: In Conversation with Stephen Cain

False Friends is the first full-length poetry collection from Stephen Cain in more than ten years. In it, he takes inspiration from the linguistic term “false friends”—two words from different languages that appear to be related, but have fundamentally different meanings. In this book are poems both humourous and unforgiving that Cain uses to explore

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In Conversation: Brian Dedora and Martín Rodríguez-Gaona discuss Lorcation

When acclaimed Canadian writer Brian Dedora travelled to Spain in 2012 to explore “Lorca’s Granada,” he experienced an unexpected transformation that set him on a path of understanding—of the life and work of Federico Garcia Lorca, of the basic elements in common between the Spanish writer’s life and his own, and of the tragic grandeur

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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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In Conversation: Wanda Praamsma talks with Pearl Pirie about her new collection the pet radish, shrunken

The lyrics populating Ottawa poet Pearl Pirie‘s new collection, the pet radish, shrunken, buzz with oblique wisdom and surgically sharp wit. Cicadas chirp from beneath the troposphere; secret agent squirrels conspire among the peonies at sunset; revelatory reversals and unfamiliar aphorisms grow like wild flowers. Playing on themes of love and relationships, future-politics of the English language and the current

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Spring poetry PREVIEW: kevin mcpherson eckhoff’s Their Biography: an organism of relationships

Who is kevin mcpherson eckhoff, aka kme, aka KMac? Poet? Performer? Beloved trickster of the Canadian conceptual poetry scene? BFF of Jake Kennedy? He is most certainly the author of three books of poetry, including Rhapsodomancy (Coach House Books, 2010), Easy Peasy (Invisible Publishing, 2011) and Forge (Invisible Publishing, 2013). His chapbook, Game Show Reversed,

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