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Montage of Life: Flourish by Jacqueline Turner

Flourish, the fifth poetry collection from B.C. writer Jacqueline Turner, is a hefty collection which carries a large bandwidth of memory, intent and invention.

Song of Himself: Midlife Action Figure by Chris Banks

Generation X is possibly best defined in 1999’s Fight Club, in which Tyler Durden suggests, “We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war.” This outlook may be reflected in the fact that, according to a recent article in the Times UK, Generation X is now the most likely to die from overdoses, or in Gen X’s struggle/inability to get out from under the economic juggernaut of home ownership. Such issues make Gen X rife for poetic examination, which is exactly what one can find in Midlife Action Figure.