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Suburbs, porn, contraception, geeks, and a pink lake

Ah, the smell of leaves and awards in the air…Yup, still fall. The winners of this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards have been announced, and congratulations are due to Linda Spalding for English Fiction (The Purchase) and Julie Bruck for English Poetry (Monkey Ranch). There are numerous other categories of winners for works in both …

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The death of literature (yes, again…), poetic dendrophiliacs, and other bookish stuff

Though it can seem like it sometimes, the world’s not all bad. Apparently whales are learning to speak human, or at least trying, and that’s pretty awesome. Maybe once they get the hang of it they can advise us how to live better. Canadian publishing is about to get smaller with Douglas & McIntyre filing …

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Poetry linkage: at weddings, in the gym, reading and a new magazine

With National Poetry Month winding down to a close, I thought I’d do another round up of poetry news and miscellanea. Wedding season is near upon us – further evidenced by the upcoming nuptials of my sister this June – and Carol Ann Duffy offers a collection of poems frequently found at weddings. Stephen K. …

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