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Word on a back lane

Sunday afternoon. Readings. Doesn’t get any prettier than this. MINOLA REVIEW is a quarterly online literary journal founded in 2016 with the aim of giving space for women’s writing. Today, the journal publishes the work of all those who identify as women and non-binary writers, continuing the founding mission of providing a platform for underrepresented […]

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How beautiful can a day be?

[Finally] The first of our new Living Room Series, featuring ALEXANDRA OLIVER, SADIQA DE MEIJER & KIRBY. A lovely day. Thanks to Katya at The Great Escape Book Store & League of Canadian Poets for their support of this series.

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THE GIRLS WHO GET IT

GET IT No. You are not dreaming. Our next two weekends. Join us.

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Returning

First in person poetry outing since 14 March 2020, and a grand re-entry at that, accompanied by poet/friends CONOR McDONNELL + JIM JOHNSTONE attending the beautiful laneway gallery space at THE GREAT ESCAPE BOOKSTORE where a group show of poetry broadsides are on display, extended to the end of this month, featuring work by VICTORIA […]

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Before

“Good evening and welcome to KFB.” The KFB Warm-Up Welcome. Stephen Collis & Bardia Sinaee meeting for the first time earlier tonight at knife | fork | book.

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The Fangirl Issue

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NYB no 2

What do I mean by queer?* Resilient. Tenacious. Creative. Out there. Joyous. Playful. Catty. Fun. Non-conforming. Fleshy. SparklePony. Baton-twirling. Activist. Sick of rainbows. Pride. Butch. Kween. Friend of Dorothy. Pro-sexual. Unrankled. Big fan of pretty. Plays well in the dark. Reads. Can bend when willing. Loves Mom. Cher. Pink. Warriors. Dancers. Anything flamboyant. Flies in […]

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Fireflies + snowflakes

I always tell my students that a good poem is an act of discovery—and for that discovery to be emotionally and intellectually honest, then you need to surprise yourself, you need to live in that space of uncertainty—this is part of negative capability, part of duende, part of what Emily Jungmin Yoon describes as poetry’s […]

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Doubles

The music of thinking. The thinking of music. FRED WAH Music at the Heart of Thinking (Talonbooks) is a lifelong poem project that responds to readings in contemporary writing, art, and ideas from the past forty years. The text works through language as the true practice of thought, and improvisation as the tool that listens […]

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David

There is so much I can say about/in this poem—loss, memory, desire, grief, the struggle—every once in awhile, usually one in each collection, I come up with a good, signature “protest poem” my queer activist, liberationist intact. I place protest poem here in quotes, because they also tend to be elegies (a statement in and […]