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Topic: Michael Greenstein

House Calls: Tamar Rubin’s Tablet Fragments

Witty and wise, Tamar Rubin’s debut collection, Tablet Fragments, fuses elements of her life as a doctor, mother, daughter, and Jew whose lineage is as varied as her verse. Her lyrics are pared down toward minimalism that nevertheless radiates outward, as her lines and margins leave room for breathing and meaning. From the opening poem, “Home Archeology,” to her concluding “Wedding Ceremony for Body Parts,” synecdoche recurs as a major stylistic component of her medical career and domestic conflicts. Hebrew fonts and backgrounds add resonance to these parts and create a wholeness from the fragments of tables and tableaux.

Twilight from Denmark: Ulrikka S. Gernes’s Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments

Dawn and dusk, autumn and winter thread through the Danish poetry of Ulrikka Gernes, whose Nordic melancholy transfers fittingly to Canadian sensibilities. Surreal dreamscapes suffuse this collection, which has been seamlessly translated into English by Patrick Friesen and Per Brask.