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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.

Earnestly into the Future: Paul Vermeersch’s Self Defence for the Brave and Happy

The self defence tips in Self Defence for the Brave and Happy range from the obviously absurd to the useful―from “if you drown, report it” to “Tell yourself that you are beautiful.” But for the most part they are fiercely double-edged, like the book as a whole: “Keep your hands in the air or go for the eyes, depending.”

Spin the Bottle by Gaslight: Robin Richardson’s Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis

Robin Richardson’s poems are interested in pop culture, eroticized power skirmishes, and point of view. She often concentrates a poem around a lozenge of plot scammed from movies, history, theatre, pulp fiction, or bad TV. As if playing a game of Trivial Pursuit, we get to figure out who the narrator of the poem might […]

George Murray: Beautiful Chaos

  Following the publication of George Murray’s Glimpse in late 2010, Rob Winger began a conversation with Murray to hammer out some truths—about constraints of form and space, distillation, and whether it matters if anyone gets it. With Murray’s new collection, Whiteout, just released, Winger revisited the conversation to see if those truths still stand. […]