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Delirious Othering Details

Critics have noted the play in Nicole Brossard’s Amantes of délire and de lire. JE N’ARRÊTE PAS DE LIRE EN CE JUIN DES AMANTES There is an echo elsewhere in Amantes in a quotation from Italian in “ma continent” “Non … Continue reading

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To Be There

Chris Banks “Fossil” The Cloud Versus Grand Unification Theory To match in words the impression […] to be that permanent, and still not there. A sort of aspiration. To be like “the impression / some extinct creature / left in … Continue reading

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surrender “to” to avoid surrender “of”

Emily Dickinson I was first attracted by this evocation of a decisive moment in the English-French struggle over Canada: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham, 1759 … The similarity of the general’s responses to death is belied by the … Continue reading

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Road Back to Semantics

Umberto Eco “Porta: Rhythm and The Poetic List” translated by Samuel Fleck in Piercing the Page [A formulation he repeats from the Postcript to The Name of the Rose] I said that signifiers engender a thought and not that a … Continue reading

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Daughter of the Dust

Crystal Williams “For the Woman Who Didn’t Know My Name” Kin Like a grain of dirt a letter rises In some old men there is a softness in voice a hint of dust y Alabama a bit of grit And … Continue reading

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Prints

Gathered from different renga, displaced in time and space and yet united between the same covers. Alison Strumberger and Gillian Sze Redrafting Winter from “A Grip on the Stars” Reflected by snow the sky cradles my impressions, a new footprint … Continue reading

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High Voltage Circuits

Because you as reader supply the link, it’s more devastating. Two examples, though not sonnets, exhibiting the volta. 26 Each week   on network television   hundreds of terrorist attacks   are thwarted   by members   of the Actors Guild. Perhaps they could visit … Continue reading

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A Stray Homing

From “Misreckoning“, a renga by Gillian Sze and Alison Strumberger which appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, one of the middle stanzas Slow hands tick over each surface, Mother’s silver, Father’s atlas, Lover’s jawline. Every hour chases its tail. … Continue reading

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Memory, Rhyme and the Scene of Birth

Someone else has been (mis)quoting from memory: Robert Stam Keywords in Subversive Film / Media Aesthetics One is reminded of Bakhtin’s three spasms — birth, orgasm, and death — and of Yeat’s “god of love” who “pitched his tent/ near … Continue reading

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A Disappearing Act

Thomas King 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin A kind of erasure is at work and so form and content mesh. 34 Let us now discuss   missing and   murdered   aboriginal women. Let us now discuss   murdered   aboriginal women. Let us … Continue reading

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