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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 »
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, we present “Noah on the 17th Day,” a poem from Iain Deans, published in our May/June 2003 issue. Check out […] More »

Gender Block: awesome video

Hillary Di Menna

Here, Lily Myers finds the words to describe what it’s like growing up as a female,  compared to growing up as a male. Keep everything in—don’t grow out. Keep quiet—don’t speak up. Remember to be passive, “I asked five questions in genetics class today, and all of them started with the word sorry.” Check it […] More »
November-December 2011

Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2011: “Wake” by Frances Boyle

Frances Boyle

We’re posting the winners of the 2011 Great Canadian Literary Hunt all this week. Read the other finalists here and follow or friend us to stay up to date on 2012’s contest! Sunlight, on one leg, limps out to the meadow and settles in. Insects fall back inside their voices, Little fanfares and muted repeats, […] More »
November-December 2011

Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2011: “Long Week” by Anna Keefe

Anna Keefe

We’re posting the winners of the 2011 Great Canadian Literary Hunt all this week. Read the other finalists here, and follow or friend us to stay up to date on 2012’s contest! Sunday Evening is a wet map torn in the folds A bowl of sand into which you place your hands Evening is an […] More »