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Shelf Life: August 2013Brief snippets of opinion and a too-long list. This month’s themes? Sex and writing, apparently.

Overqualified, by Joey Comeau106. Overqualified, by Joey Comeau
(ECW Press, 2009)

A novel told in cover letters, which shouldn’t work, but it does. As always, Comeau’s work is touching and disturbing in almost equal measures.

107. tether, by Jill Stengel
(above/ground press, 2013)

108. Mnemotechnics, by Jessica Smith
(above/ground press, 2013)

109. punchlines 1.0, by Aaron Tucker
(above/ground press, 2013)

Shelf Life: July 2013It’s summer. Traditionally a time for beach reading, fluff reading, right? This is how I’m justifying all the comics and manga to myself, anyway. Judge ye not, etc.

Spike: Asylum87. Spike: Asylum, by Brian Lynch
(IDW Publishing, 2007)

Brian Lynch has a terrible habit of over-explaining things both within the comics themselves, and then going over every obvious plot point and allusion yet again in the back pages of the graphic novel. I don’t know why he does this, and I really wish he’d stop. Somehow he missed the “show, don’t tell” lesson of story showing 101.

Anyway, Spike falls for an obvious deception and makes friends in an asylum claiming to cure supernatural beings. It’s all very silly, and not in the fun way that Shadow Puppets almost manages to pull off.

Shelf Life: June 2013 Another month, another eclectic mix.

In Search of Duende, by Federico García Lorca74. In Search of Duende, by Federico García Lorca
(New Directions, 2010)

A combination of poetry, and essays which felt a bit over my head. This probably shouldn’t have been my first introduction to Lorca.

75. Gwendolyn MacEwan, Vol 2, by Gwendolyn MacEwan
(Exile Editions, 2001)

This series of short, reasonably priced books serve as an introduction to MacEwan’s work, with poetry, prose poems, and novel excerpts.

The introductory essays to each book are also great, very helpful in situating those unfamiliar with her work on MacEwan’s place in the Canadian poetry scene.

Shelf Life: February 2013Brief notes on books read in February 2013.

Illuminations, by Arthur Rimbaud, translated by John Ashbury13. Illuminations, by Arthur Rimbaud, translated by John Ashbury
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2012)

14. Illyria: Haunted, by Scott Tipton
(IDW, 2011)

15. Poems for an Oil-Free Coast
(Red Tower Bookworks, 2012)

Reviewed for Broken Pencil.

16. You Are Here, by James Pollock
(Porcupine’s Quill, 2012)

An excellent collection of reviews and essays about poetry, Canadian poetry in particular, with a focus on lyric and traditional forms. For a small sample, see this earlier post.