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More Talk and More Action: What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation edited by Rob Taylor

In the foreword What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation, editor Rob Taylor gives his inspiration for the collection: 2002’s Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions) edited by Tim Bowling. Where Bowling’s editorial vision encompassed an homage to Al Purdy (who died in 2000), Taylor’s honours the work of deceased poet and Tragically Hip singer Gord Downey. The title, What the Poets Are Doing, echoes a lyric from the Tragically Hip song “Poets.”

Grace & Resistance in a Drone’s-Eye View: Nick Thran’s Mayor Snow

A magical filmic quality infiltrates Nick Thran’s most recent collection. Viewpoints shift according to the book’s three-part structure. The eye of the camera first captures site-specific interactions then pulls back to expose the surreal qualities of contemporary decadence. In the final part, the lens zooms into the raw truths of existence in everyday situations, an approach that conjures cinéma vérité.