Poetry

1461 Denman Island calling

The Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival is back — and it will be good by Howard Macdonald Stewart * The Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival is on again this year from July 15-17, with related events beginning July 11. Festival organisers improvised in 2020 and 2021 but now it’s back to our traditional…
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1443 How to live in history

The Last Show on Earth by Yvonne Blomer Qualicum Beach: Caitlin Press, 2022 $20.00 / 139781773860770 Reviewed by gillian harding-russell * Against a backdrop of an environmental crisis, Yvonne Blomer in The Last Show on Earth writes poems that let us listen in on personal sorrow inseparable from love for a son with his unique…
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1442 a carriage that were green

I Want to Tell You Love: A Critical Edition by Milton Acorn and bill bissett, edited by Eric Schmaltz and Christopher Doody Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2021 $29.99 / 9781773852294 Reviewed by Phyllis Reeve * Early in the 1960s, that fabled age, two poets from the Maritimes encountered each other in Vancouver and planned…
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1433 Social media update

Social media update by Richard Mackie * As most of you will  know, we changed our name to The British Columbia Review from The Ormsby Review less than two months ago, on February 10th, and since then we’ve never been busier:  we’ve posted 52 book reviews, two essays, one photo essay, and one docuseries review….
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1422 Essays and bootless poetry

Artful Flight by Susan Glickman Erin, Ontario: Porcupine’s Quill, 2022 $24.95 / 9780889848795 Reviewed by Gary Geddes * I’ve been poring over Susan Glickman’s Artful Flight, a series of essays and reviews, with delight and a certain sadness, delight at her intelligence and close attention to the craft and contributions of a wide range of…
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1410 Breaking, haunting, mending

All the Broken Things by Geoff Inverarity Vancouver: Anvil Press, 2021 $18.00 / 9781772141757 Reviewed by Candace Fertile * A sense of playfulness is immediately established in Geoff Inverarity’s debut poetry collection with an Author’s Preface in the form of a letter to his publisher in which he includes diary entries. The time is June…
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1407 Soft bells of beauty and blue

blue gait by Shauna Paull Salt Spring Island: Mother Tongue Publishing, 2021 $19.95 / 9781896949888 Reviewed by Yvonne Blomer * Another word for gait is stride or way of walking, and Shauna Paull’s new poetry collection blue gait parallels the ways of walking through and on the land, with the natural world, beauty, women, and…
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1402 Lovers, friends, family

Duct-taped Roses by Billeh Nickerson Toronto: Book*hug Press, 2021 $20.00 / 9781771666909 Reviewed by Grace Lau * Lovers, friends, family: We are all we have Duct-taped Roses, Billeh Nickerson’s sixth book (note to self: must read the other five) is divided into five parts, each one a vivid meditation on a theme in his life….
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1400 There is always laughter

I Will Be Corrupted by Joseph A. Dandurand Montréal: Guernica Editions, 2020 $20.00 / 9781771835060 * The East Side of It All by Joseph Dandurand Gibsons: Nightwood Editions, 2020 $18.95 / 9780889713802 Both books reviewed by Paul Falardeau * Joseph Dandurand has been busy lately. Since the Covid pandemic began, he has written three books…
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1398 Who let the furies out?

Iron Goddess of Mercy by Larissa Lai Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2021 $19.95 / 9781551528441 Reviewed by Michael Turner * There is celebration at the gates of Larissa Lai’s recent poetry book, Iron Goddess of Mercy. On the back flap, Fred Wah comps on the book’s multiple epistolary addresses (“Dear Reader, Dear Deer in the…
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1382 Humour, nostalgia, and pathos

Black Bears in the Carrot Field by Linda K. Thompson Salt Spring Island: Mother Tongue Publishing, 2021 $19.95  /  9781896949840 Reviewed by Wendy Donawa  * Pygmy owls, rusted-out Fords, and thimble babies that never quite took: humour, nostalgia, and pathos in Black Bears in the Carrot Field Linda K. Thompson handles her poems’ pitch-perfect narrative…
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1376 The new British Columbia Review

The new British Columbia Review by Richard Mackie * As of today, February 10th 2022, The Ormsby Review will be known as The British Columbia Review. This change comes with the strong endorsement of the two Boards that have guided The Ormsby Review through the last several years. Named after Margaret Anchoretta Ormsby (1909-1996), a…
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1373 The ventriloquist speaks

The Ventriloquist: Poems from the Womb of War by Gary Geddes Oakville, ON: Rock’s Mills Press, 2022 $22.00 / 9781772442403 Reviewed by Art (Sean Arthur) Joyce * The Ventriloquist Speaks: Making Meaning as an Act of Cultural Defiance In this post-everything era, for a writer to seek meaning is practically a revolutionary act. Poet Gary…
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