Arc Poetry Canada's Poetry Magazine Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:07:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 These Currents That Exceed Us: Daniel Renton’s Milk Teeth Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:01:48 +0000 0 Felicitations, David O’Meara, 2016’s winner of the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:40:29 +0000 0 George Elliott Clarke — An Introduction to the Late Revolution in ‘Haiti’: By Abraham Lincoln (1834) Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:09:06 +0000 0 Congratulations, Lesley Fletcher, newly appointed Executive Director of the League of Canadian Poets! Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:56:30 +0000 0 Lorca or the Plumber? A Theory of the Artist in Jake Kennedy’s Merz Structure No. 2 Burnt by Children at Play Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:54:56 +0000 Merz Structure No. 2 Burnt by Children at Play. The poems in the collection circle each other, continuously question themselves and embrace a position of uncertainty. This position is achieved through the poetic structure where a subject is presented only to be doubted by the qualifier that follows. In “Futuromania” qualifiers in square brackets open and confuse the interpretation of the line: “for instance [matter of fact]”; “gallows in the public square—[informational].” Meanwhile notes in round brackets—“(anything better?)”—offer an outside opinion. In “On Fear”]]> 0 Artfulness & the Secret Story: Melissa Bull’s Rue Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:41:21 +0000 Rue, is like experiencing an installation in an underground gallery with all your senses brought to high alert. The lighting is demanding (think strobe), subjects raw and frisson-inducing, landscapes more urban than not, accompanied by the “perpetual groan of engines from the highways behind the traintracks.” Dispersed among the canvasses, you encounter collage-like poems in stanzas tight with edgy precision: “Last spring his limbs bent on a folding chair / heron in the Green Room / I shot him down.”]]> 0 Alarming Testimony: John Terpstra’s This Orchard Sound Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:36:46 +0000 This Orchard Sound somehow carries, with as much grace as grief, the weight of more than one Cross. In 2011, in his capacity as woodworker, Terpstra fulfilled a commission from a Hamilton church for a new Cross: a single, twisted branch, Cross as Christ, retrieved from a ruined urban orchard, its untended sounds (“as birds talk up / this stillness”) periodically drowned by Burlington traffic. ]]> 0 The Narrative Poetry of Witness: Emily Pohl-Weary’s Ghost Sick Sun, 03 Apr 2016 12:20:26 +0000 Ghost Sick, reacts to a Christmas Eve shooting in her Toronto neighbourhood. As she describes in the opening poem, “Ghost Days”: “After the shooting / I floated through life / ephemeral, near invisible [.]” The poems in Ghost Sick attempt to articulate the way violence intrinsically changes a space, and the people within that space, even those who aren’t immediately affected by that violence. Even as Pohl-Weary composes her narrative quilt, attempting individual poems-as-poems around a single, explosive event, the distance between narrator and event occasionally feels too far. ]]> 0 VOTE on Arc’s Poem of The Year Shortlist! Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:34:56 +0000 0 Trust Your Surroundings: Entering the Rooms of Raoul Fernandes’ Transmitter and Receiver Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:32:30 +0000 Transmitter and Receiver may be Fernandes’ debut but it does not feel like the work of a debutante. Astute, wry and reassuring, these poems contain a gentle yet insistent lesson for us.]]> 0