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July-August 2017

Notes on Stones and Flowers

Poetry by Basia Gilas

Basia Gilas

I’ve made a note and stuck it to my desk: Don’t be less of a flower but, could you be more of a stone at the same time? —Mary Ruefle  The first philosopher rubbed fur against amber, which then drew feathers and hair to it like a magnet. This was evidence of the stone’s soul […] More »
May-June 2017


New poetry by Gwen Benaway

Gwen Benaway@GwenBenaway

1. look, you won’t like this truth every girl competes, edits herself daily double checks, avoids dessert. we’re born again in your eyes in every man’s eyes we become legendary or not, pitiable, just friends. a women’s face is her price tag. 2. I know niceties demands we lie but I’m trans, the least girl […] More »

Want to be part of Toronto’s art scene? New monthly event encourages emerging artists to join in

The Slackline Creative Arts Series creates a welcoming environment for newbies

Allyson Aritcheta@ariCheddar

The seating area of the Burdock music hall is cast in a faint glow by the string lights above. A spotlight creates a faint hue behind a microphone. Tonight’s artist line up is taped on the microphone stand. The Slackline Creative Arts Series is ready for another show. The volunteer-run arts series started in July […] More »
March-April 2017

Two poems by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

From her third book, Whatever, Iceberg

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

Am I Overreacting, or Are You Over Me Reacting? I make myself a moon calendar, the lunar cycle no more or less important to me than checking David Levithan’s Lover’s Dictionary Twitter feed to use as a horoscope. I write myself a moon calendar and it goes: bullshit moon, stupid stupid ugh moon, kill me […] More »
January-February 2017

Two poems by Leigh Nash

From our January/February 2017 issue

Leigh Nash@nashls

RAM Forehead smooth as bone china, you are the witness, clinging to opinion as though it were fact, convinced of your own divinity. Your voice reverberates against empty streets. Streetlights pick up the tune, turning like tuning forks, the hum barreling along telephone wires and out the open mouths at the end of each line. […] More »
January-February 2017

2017 Kick-Ass Activist: Nasra Adem

Now Edmonton’s Youth Poet Laureate, Nasra Adem takes to the mic to dole out spoken truths

Erica Ngao

As a teenager, Nasra Adem wrote in her journal about “dumb boys” and watched videos of spoken word poetry and slams on YouTube. Inspired by poets such as Carvens Lissaint of New York’s The Strivers Row, she started posting videos of herself performing, waiting on the courage to do so in front of a live audience. […] More »
November-December 2016

Two poems by Benjamin Hertwig

From our November-December 2016 issue

Benjamin Hertwig@benjaminhertwig

DESIRE IN SEVENS i. pace across city streets under the full light of moon like the coyote in winter, coat the colour of dirty snow not knowing one day beyond the next, moving with unconscious, habitual desire, carrying only the fear of loud noises and an intimate knowledge of the cold. ii. return to a […] More »
November-December 2016

REVIEW: New picture book revives old First Nations poetry

Sandra Butt revisits E. Pauline Johnson's The Two Sisters

Jessica Rose@NotMyTypewriter

The Two Sisters Written by E. Pauline Johnson, illustrated by Sandra Butt Waterlea Books, $19.95 Poet and performer E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) died more than a century ago. But B.C.-based illustrator Sandra Butt revived one of Johnson’s iconic poems—“The Two Sisters”—in her picture book of the same name. This retelling of a First Nations’ legend […] More »
September-October 2016

Post Ashes, Station I and II

Poetry by Canisia Lubrin

Canisia Lubrin

Post Ashes, Station I Between us, that tune you love more than your life, like honey is a thing said without need for panacea Though I’d haven’t a few months ago agreed, the other day okay’d it: I’d have to dream to bring you back, heralding midnight, the perfect crucible, your skull like a harness […] More »
September-October 2016

July Dukkha

Poetry by Spencer Gordon

Spencer Gordon

A man styles his hair by a million unnamed agonies. Hears the car horn, the swear flare, the biting chest — all insults injure “the self,” which is bullshit. Everything else is Weather, torn flesh, “Reality.” I am a mountain, and by I I mean the shoreline, the sea-bed, the cup that cradles the injured […] More »
July-August 2016

Celebrating our literary history

In honour of our third annual Summer Reading Issue and our 50th Anniversary Year, we've dug into the archives to unearth some of our favourite fiction and poetry

This Magazine Staff

Our July/August Third Annual Summer Reading Issue is on newsstands now! To celebrate our literary history in our 50th anniversary year, this summer we’re also re-publishing a bunch of archived poetry and fiction. This week, for our last literary look back into the archives, we present “Seven Ways of Looking at Something Else,” a poem […] More »