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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Victor Enns on Afghanistan Confessions

Afghanistan Confessions, a collection of deeply imagined poems, relentless and genuine, gives voice to soldiers seldom heard in the rhetoric of a call-to-arms, in video clips from embedded journalists, or when most of us look away when they come home.  [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: David Elias on his Novella, Henry’s Game

“I’m no good in the heat.” [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Murray Reiss on his poetry book, The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild

Months before I was born my father learned that everyone in his family had perished in the Holocaust. From when I was born to when he died, 20 years later, he never spoke a word about them. The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild is my attempt to inhabit that silence with images, metaphors, guesses and dreams — in short, with poems. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Dwayne Brenna on his poetry book, Stealing Home: Baseball Poems

When I began working on Stealing Home in 2008, I was living in Edmonton and thinking a lot about Saskatchewan.  I had grown up on a farm near Naicam, where my first memories of baseball were of standing in a pasture with my brother as my father hit pop flies out to us.  My dad instilled a love of the game in both my brother and me, and so a meditation on home became a meditation about baseball.   My memories stretched back to the Sunday evening when my dad first drov [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Mitch Spray on The History of Naming Cows

My first book of poetry explores the playfulness, the freedom, the moments of silence and the harsh realities of growing up on the farm. It gives a unique perspective on how the reality and perception of farm life rarely meet. A corollary is that the public’s perception of poetry and what my work embodies rarely meet either. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Brenda Schmidt on Grid

The beauty of forest and lakes surrounds me. You’ll find this in the poems in Grid. My house sits on top of the rock of the Canadian Shield in Creighton, a mining town in northern Saskatchewan. I live 1000 metres away from the south wall of the tailings pond. You’ll find this in my poems as well. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Harold Rhenisch on The Spoken World

I call my book “The Spoken World” because it’s a talk between friends. My friend Robin Skelton and I talked for decades, in person in his big sprawling house full of paintings and magic, and in the poetic forms he stole from me and the ones I stole from him. We talked for so long that the talk is everything and has continued long after his death. “If I can’t hear the music in a poem,” he said, “I can’t trust it. It’s not finished.” Thes [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Phyllis Nakonechny on Vidh: A Book of Mourning

After my husband’s death, came what I call the astonishment of grief. My astonishment came from the immediate and surprising realization that I felt cut off from everything and everyone around me. It is this immediate sense of separateness and emptiness that followed the death of my husband and the unexpected loss of identity – as if I had been emptied of myself – that I address in my book Vidh: A Book of Mourning. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Lorri Neilsen Glenn on Threading Light: Explorations of Loss and Poetry

When I was a young university student in Saskatoon in the 1960's, my fiancé shot himself. His unexpected suicide haunted me for decades. His death would be the first in a long series of losses that prompted me to put pen to paper. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Jeff Park on The Cellophane Sky

The Cellophane Sky is a book written out of love for both jazz and poetry.  I worked on the book for years, sometimes spending as long as a month on an individual poem, trying to get into the essence of the music and the lives of the musicians involved.  The book focuses on jazz, but in many ways it is an exploration of creativity and what it means to be human. [...]

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read My Book: Paul Wilson Interview on The Invisible Library

I know the term invisible books refers to books that only appear in other books, that is, unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound. Can you say a little more about that? [...]

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