Book Review: Robert Colman / Tamar Rubin

BOOK REVIEWby ROBERT COLMAN POETRYNEWMARKET REVIEWS WINNIPEG TAMAR RUBIN’STablet Fragments[Winnipeg: Signature Editions, 2020, $17.95] Most of my favourite lyric poetry involves poems that propose broad but endlessly relevant questions. E.g., What do we carry with us of our years of experience? How do we witness our lives and of those who touch us? And how … Continue reading Book Review: Robert Colman / Tamar Rubin

Book Reviews: Rubin / Walsh / Nason / Clarke

BOOK REVIEWS by TAMAR RUBINPORTRAITS:VEGETABLE, ANIMAL AND MUSICAL WINNIPEG REVIEWSFREDERICTON, CALGARY, & HALIFAX MATTHEW WALSH’SThese are not the potatoes of my youth[Fredericton: icehouse poetry – Goose Lane Editions, 2019. $19.95] JIM NASON’SRooster, Dog, Crow[Calgary: Frontenac House Poetry, 2018. $19.95] GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE’SPortia White: A Portrait in Words[Halifax: Nimbus Publishing House Poetry, 2019. $21.95] Mathew Walsh … Continue reading Book Reviews: Rubin / Walsh / Nason / Clarke

A Poem • Jenn Carson

by JENN CARSON Bow and arrow My eldest son rolls with meon the kitchen’s hardwood floorand I pull him into a bow and arrow choke start to squeeze for the submissionand he groans and giggleshey it’s like being cuddledand then oh no!—eyes widenhe gags—we let golaugh and untangle limbs I roll onto my shouldersstack myself … Continue reading A Poem • Jenn Carson

Book Review: Danny Jacobs / Richard Gavin

BOOK REVIEWby DANNY JACOBS CHTHONIC TRANSCENDENCENEW BRUNSWICK REVIEWS ONTARIO RICHARD GAVIN’SGrotesquerie[Pickering: Undertow Publications, 2020, $20.Cover Art: Mike Davis.] Descents In a recent interview, Richard Gavin discussed the importance of “katabasis” to his work – an ancient Greek concept that suggests a journey downward, often to the underworld. Grotesquerie, Gavin’s latest collection of dark fiction, draws … Continue reading Book Review: Danny Jacobs / Richard Gavin

Book Review: Richard Van Holst / Chad Norman

BOOK REVIEW by RICHARD VAN HOLST SQUALL: POEMS IN THE VOICE OF MARY SHELLEY ANCASTER, ONTARIO REVIEWS TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley by CHAD NORMAN [Hamilton: Guernica Editions, 2020, $20.00. Illustrations by judith S bauer.] Chad Norman, a Canadian poet from Truro, Nova Scotia, has been publishing poetry since … Continue reading Book Review: Richard Van Holst / Chad Norman

Book Review: Aidan Chafe / Robert Colman

BOOK REVIEW by AIDAN CHAFE ROBERT COLMAN’S DEMOCRATICALLY APPLIED MACHINE BURNABY REVIEWS NEWMARKET Democratically Applied Machine by ROBERT COLMAN [Windsor: Palimpsest Press, 2020, SALE: $15.16]   In his third collection of poems, Democratically Applied Machine, Robert Colman explores industrial and domestic landscapes, as well as his personal identity, amid his father’s onset of Alzheimer’s dementia. … Continue reading Book Review: Aidan Chafe / Robert Colman