In the west coast Vancouver Island native village of Kitsum, where everyone knows everyone's business, sixteen-year-old Brenda Joe’s pregnancy is only the first of many secrets and betrayals that threaten to tear her family apart. >>
Street grids give way to arterial passageways where blood flows and nerve endings fire through bodies that are fearful, mysterious, or libidinous. These are poems of varied anatomies, where death and desire take unexpected directions, and share the same air. >>
POEM OF THE WEEK
by Michael Pacey
1. There are so many things about rain / I know only when I'm asleep / 2. The air becomes charged — / just before the switch, you can taste it — / the leaves turn their white undersides up, / eyes roll back, a different current / begins to flow. / 3. Rain comes like sleep — a lilted whisper. / … ...
“"I fought my way out of the wilderness, but I still wear cuts inside my body and soul." In Finding Home in the Promised Land, author Jane Harris shares her deeply personal story of domestic violence, poverty, homelessness, and social exile. She also offers a narrative and historical…...” >>
— Darlene O'Leary
The Catalyst, Summer 2017
“Charles G.D Robert's poem "The Tantramar Revisited" poses a question about memory: which out to be more precious to us: our nostalgic "illusion" of a beloved place or its reality, subjetct to "the hands of chance and change"? It still seems a pertinent question in the Maritimes: whether to love…...” >>
— Abby Paige
Arc Poetry Magazine
“Like Gifts You Never Asked For: Sue MacLeod's Mood Swing, with Pear Sue MacLeod’s poems in Mood Swing, with Pear, her third book of poetry, dance down and across the page. In turns playful and deadly serious, tackling topics ranging from cancer to carrying a heavy flowerpot, MacLeod…...” >>
— Al Rempel
ARC Poetry Magazine
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