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The April Award of Awesomeness!

Win a vintage ‘object d’art,’ our 50/50 cash prize, and all the honour and clout that comes with being an Awesomeness Winner—by entering Arc’s April Award of Awesomeness! spacer spacer   The April contest will be judged by Arc’s Spoken Word Editor Rusty Priske! spa cer spacer The April prompt is: “Baseball” “A new baseball season […]

“Dear Piano,” by Oleksii Buznitskyi

The following poem was written by a 16-year-old Ukrainian student, Oleksii Buznitskyi, from Kyiv, Ukraine. He plays the piano and attends Matrix Academy, a virtual synchronous school in Toronto, in addition to his Ukrainian school, in order to receive dual high school diplomas.

Matrix Academy hosted poet Alice Burdick through Poetry In Voice‘s Poet in Class program. In her workshop, Oleksii wrote a poem about his experience fleeing his city under open fire, and he also wrote about the heart wrenching experience of having to say goodbye to his piano. Oleksii has been forced to leave the Ukraine for his safety, but he continues to study for both of his high school diplomas during this violent invasion of his country. 


Betty Warrington-Kearsley reads “Onsen in Izu”

. Onsen in Izu (Thermal Spas in Japan) We bow acknowledgement as we slip into the vapour veil of steaming baths, stripped to our glass biographies. Beneath the scrutiny of lowered lids rewritten history is curiously read from acres of an aging landscape well-weathered to a mature shape, the way hills round, valleys fill and […]

Conyer Clayton reads “Seeds”

. Seeds I pray to catch on fire, to get caught up in a lightening storm, burn my body back to earth. The woods are overcrowded. Stillness lost, boardrooms and clearings. We competed for the sun, reaching out for the last solar flare, arcing slowly over you lying still on the couch. Mortgage research and […]

Frances Boyle reads “Momentum”

. Momentum This trip makes your heart hurt, not that old slow ache, echoes of tires on wet pavement through an underpass, but palpable palpitation, crazed clock ticking sideways through time. A beam swings up a hill, makes sculpture of the clouds carve out the road bulky solid. Things you pass at the side but […]

Celebrating Diana Brebner: Arc Poetry Magazine 97, the Spring 2022 Issue

spacer   Arc 97 celebrates 20 years of the Diana Brebner Prize!    Arc 97 celebrates 20 years of the Diana Brebner Prize! Look back on winning poems and read about the impact Brebner left. As Arc’s prose editor Nancy Jo Cullen says, Brebner’s work demonstrates “Community and legacy in action.”   spacer spacer Arc 97 brings […]

The March Award of Awesomeness!

Win a vintage ‘object d’art,’ our 50/50 cash prize, and all the honour and clout that comes with being an Awesomeness Winner—by entering Arc’s March Award of Awesomeness! spacer spa cer The March contest will be judged by Arc’s Prose Editor Nancy Jo Cullen! spa cer spacer The March prompt is: “Thaw” “As winter begins its […]

They Arrested the Windows: Changing the Face of Canadian Literature, edited by Dane Swan

This is Essential Anthology Series 12 from Guernica. I applaud Dane Swan’s bracing, celebratory forward to focus the reader on diversity, inclusion, and active listening as they read a wide array of narratives. It is a reminder to stay alert and keep pushing for change. Here, the focus is on the poetry, spoken word, and fiction of 30 writers from across the landscape of the nation that calls itself Canada. There are no formal sections, but the works move the reader forward in a sine wave of images and powerful feelings. The range of emotions is vast: fury in the face of lifetimes of systemic racism and exclusion; despair and trauma; profound mistrust of institutions; and a lack of respect and dignity that can sear the pages. At times there is strangeness, and other times wry wit; every voice has an essential story to tell.