Shelf Life: March 2013

Lots of poetry, some lit crit, and a burnt lasange. 30. Rush, by bill bissett (BookThug, 2012) Reviewed for Broken Pencil. 31. Heroines, by Kate Zambreno (Semiotext(e), 2012) When I saw it in Book City, I couldn’t resist picking it up. Zambreno looks at the “mad” literary wives of famous authors as they’re popularly portrayed, with the […]

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Largely Literary Linkage: Interview, classifieds, rewriting and game design

April is Poetry Month, rejoice! Read poetry! Read about poets! Go to poetry readings! Write poetry! It’s all good stuff. Maybe get some Canadiana in there? Though Canadians no longer seem to know who they read. Which is troubling. There’s always the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist, which recently announced, both Canadian and international. Congrats to all! Test

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One hazard of buying used poetry is that sometimes people cut out their favourite poems and sell the leftovers.

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Shelf Life: January 2013

So many books to read. So little time. I’m not going to go into detail with every book, just highlight a few of them. 1. How to Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran (Harper, 2012) I had difficulty with this one. Moran’s clearly well read, yet this reads like a stream of consciousness monologue, only less eloquent.

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Shelf Life: December 2012

Last Shelf Life of 2012. Gonna be brief. 154. Sunset Park, by Paul Auster (Henry Holt and Co., 2010) I’d never read Auster before, but I’ve heard good things. Perhaps this wasn’t the best introduction. I found Sunset Park to be very disjointed and there were too many pointless references to baseball. I couldn’t get into it.

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