Category Archives: Reviews

#BearingWitless: A Review of George Murray’s “Diversion”

Review by Selina Boan Diversion by George Murray ECW Press, 2015 Sitting down to read George Murray’s seventh collection of poetry, aptly titled Diversion, I found myself entering a world of one-off lines, aphorisms and clever hashtag titles (such as … Continue reading

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Noise and Blades and Death and Also This: A Review of “The Gods of Tango” by Carolina de Robertis

Review by Will Preston The Gods of Tango by Carolina de Robertis Penguin Random House Available May 17, 2016 It’s 1913, and Buenos Aires is a picture of bedlam. Exploding with an influx of immigrants, the city is a clattering, … Continue reading

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Merging Nature, Poetry and Punk Rock: A Review of “Born Out of This” by Christine Lowther

Review by Wendy Bone Born Out of This Christine Lowther Caitlin Press, 2014 “I’ve been stamped both ‘nature girl’ and punk rocker,” writes Christine Lowther in her memoir, Born Out of This. “Like other writers, I’m industrious and rebellious, distracted … Continue reading

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The Visual Consumption of the Female Body: A Review of Nelly Arcan’s “Breakneck”

Review by Carly Rosalie Vandergriendt Breakneck Nelly Arcan Jacob Homel, translation Anvil Press, 2015 First published in French as À ciel ouvert in 2007, Breakneck is the last of Québécoise writer Nelly Arcan’s body of work to be translated into English, … Continue reading

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“The riffs themselves become the erotic fix”: A Review of Dennis Lee’s “Riffs”

Review by Geoffrey Nilson Riffs Dennis Lee Brick Books Classics, 2015 The diversity of Dennis Lee’s writing can be daunting. From the Governor General’s Award winning philosophical inquiry of Civil Elegies to the experimental polyphony of his most recent collection, … Continue reading

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Wanda Sykes: “How Did I Get Here?”

Review by K.C. Novak Wanda Sykes JFL Northwest Comedy Festival, Vancouver February 18-27, 2016 The regal nature of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was relieved of its pomp with only two hanging banners narrowing the colossal stage. There was one main … Continue reading

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