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Arc up for two National Magazine Awards!

With its partner in Quarc-ey folly The New Quarterly, Arc is up for two National Magazine Awards. Harry Thurston (“Ova Aves”) and Matthew Holmes (“The Failing of Purity”), whose poems were published in the science-themed Quarc issue (Arc 66, summer 2011), are finalists in the poetry category for the 35th annual National Magazine Awards. Congratulations […]

Our lost poets: Bring them back

an introduction by the editors…
All the poets you will read about in this copy of [_Arc_] are dead. With each, a potential legacy has also died, or is in full-blown demise. Though ordinary mortality is beyond our powers to correct, we take issue, as our theme “Forgotten and Neglected” implies, with these secondary, literary deaths. We contend that each of the 13 poets whose work appears in these pages has received less credit than was his or her due for either literary accomplishments, the enrichment of our poetic history, or both. The contributions made by these poets have faded too quickly from our collective memory and seem doomed to archival obscurity, if that.
This issue, known among our crew as F&N, was born out of a knot of frustration, a knot that thickened even as our excitement also grew over the lost and near-lost poets re-emerging–in what for most of them would have seemed a bizarre and foreign incarnation–through our inboxes and on our computer screens.
In the spring of 2005, three members of _Arc_–the two of us from Ottawa and Sackville, New Brunswick respectively, and our webmistress Stacey Munro from Vancouver Island–converged at the Associated Writers and Publishers conference and book fair in downtown Vancouver. Amid an intoxicating few days of seeing such poets as W.S. Merwin and Anne Carson give readings to jam-packed ballrooms at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel, we also attended a session called Forgotten and Neglected Poets, and were curious to see which Canadians would appear on the roster (the panel giving the presentation was American). To our amusement and dismay, Gwendolyn MacEwen was the sole Canadian deemed in need of resurrection. As MacEwen’s been neither F’d nor N’d in _this_ country, we began to wonder who might truly fit the category. By the time we’d returned to our table at the book fair, this special issue of _Arc_ was already unofficially underway….

Lost and Found Poets #8 and #9: Joseph Howe and Thomas D'Arcy McGee

Joseph Howe and Thomas D’Arcy McGee: Nation-Builders and Poets
Rediscovered by Matthew Holmes, reviews editor of [_Arc Poetry Magazine_], poet and former bureaucrat.
Before the so-called long-hailed Confederation Poets there were passionate, visionary politicians such as Joseph Howe and Thomas D’Arcy McGee (a former Irish rebel later assassinated on an Ottawa street after giving a stirring speech in the House of Commons). Howe and McGee were accomplished poets and statesmen who deserve credit for planting the seeds of our national literature. Howe and McGee penned their verse in between strident efforts at nation-building, thus shaping the country through both politics and writing. Was their poetry any good? Was it expectedly patriotic, or did it hold surprises? Does it remain historically significant? This essay explores these and other questions, while introducing the work of two of Canada’s earliest bards.

Interview with Peter Sanger

p. *an excerpt from* h2. The long view: An interview with poet Peter Sanger on his collaboration with photographer Thaddeus Holownia Editor’s note: Since 1994, Peter Sanger and Thaddeus Holownia have collaborated on three book projects that bring poem and photograph together. Not wholly of either discipline, the books exist in their own space, one […]