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Best Canadian Poetry 2019 Launch

By the time I reached Massy Books for the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2019, all the chairs had gone. That’s understandable — it’s a…


Kyla Jamieson

To conflate Kyla with the "I" of the poems is to get her wrong again.

I keep being wrong about Kyla Jamieson. I first saw her at a reading, where I was struck by her fierceness. Her poetry was biting…


Adèle Barclay

"on a chart that roughly maps / the gender spectrum / I select femme and dirtbag / instead of masc and dapper."

Adèle Barclay clearly has an effect on people. When I go into a bookshop to ask for her latest volume of poetry, Renaissance Normcore, the…