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Poetry Review Roundup

It seems Patternicity is getting a little bit of love these days. The latest counsel comes from Angela Hibbs, who reviewed Patternicity as part of Broken Pencil’s Poetry Review Roundup (an online feature that corresponds with Issue 48). The roundup also includes reviews of Jay MillAr’s Other Poems, Meaghan Strimus’s A Good Time Had By All, Priscila Uppal’s Traumatology, Jeff Latosik’s Tiny Frantic Stronger, Anna Swanson’s The Night Also and Sharon McCartney’s for and against.

Good company, to be sure.

Hibbs writes: “Johnstone communicates his vision of the world with sharp jabs, such as in “On Bohr’s Mode Of Atomic Structure” where the line “skull of a chandelier” reclaims the chandelier from the jewelry realm of comparison where it is most frequently found and shifts its resemblance adequately to that of a squid. The squid is seen afresh as well as the chandelier, all in four words.”  The rest of the review is linked above. 

September 15, 2010 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

The 2010 ReLit Award Shortlists

On August 31, the 2010 ReLit Award shortlists were announced. Founded to honour the best new work released by independent Canadian publishers, the ReLit Awards are refreshing for their celebration of literature on a small scale. 

So, without further ado, here are this year’s nominees:


Away From Everywhere, Chad Pelley (Breakwater)
Wrong Bar, Nathaniel G. Moore (Tightrope)
Overqualified, Joey Comeau (ECW)
The Beautiful Children, Michael Kenyon (Thistledown)
Holding Still For As Long As Possible, Zoe Whittall (Anansi)
The Plight House, Jason Hrivnak (Pedlar)
After the Red Night, Christiane Frenette (Cormorant)


Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip, Lisa Robertson (Coach House)
A Nice Place to Visit, Sky Gilbert (ECW)
The Others Raisd in Me, Gregory Betts (Pedlar)
Always Die Before Your Mother, Patrick Woodcock (ECW)
Paper Radio, Damian Rogers (ECW)
Red Nest, Gillian Jerome (Nightwood)
The Last House, Michael Kenyon (Brick)


Men of Salt, Men of Earth, Matt Lennox (Oberon)
Buying Cigarettes for the Dog, Stuart Ross (Freehand)
The Moon of Letting Go, Richard Van Camp (Enfield & Wizenty)
What Boys Like, Amy Jones (Biblioasis)
Fatted Calf Blues, Steven Mayoff (Turnstone)
What We’re Made Of, Ryan Turner (Oberon)
Sentimental Exorcisms, David Derry (Coach House)

September 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

Patternicity transforms the mundane into the otherworldly.

In case you missed it in print, here’s a link to Mark Callanan’s review of Patternicity in Quill and Quire.

September 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment


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