Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Puritan & A Tiny Review of Feel Good!

A couple of things ...

The new edition of The Puritan was launched last week. Issue 15: Fall 2011 features fiction and poetry by a nice spectrum of writers, this time mostly American. While the majority of our submissions come from Canadian writers, and while we continue to publish mostly Canucks, often our American submissions are of such superior quality that we'd be stupid to ignore them.

Check out new fiction by Rich Ives and Robert Earle, new poetry by Ricky Garni, Jenna Jarvis, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Joe Wilkins, Paul Watsky, Bardia Sinaee, and Salvatore Difalco.

We've published Ives, Sinaee, and Difalco before. I guess we like 'em lots. E Martin Nolan also reviews Gabe Foreman's A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People and Jones' The Brave Never Write Poetry. Both books were released by Coach House Books this year.

rob mclennan has posted a tiny review/blurb about my poetry chapbook Feel Good! Look Great! Have a Blast! (Ferno House 2011). Here it is; read an excerpt and rob's whole post here.

Toronto ON: After years of his work at co-founding/editing The Puritan, a fiction journal that moved from Ottawa to Toronto a few years back, as well as the Toronto small press Ferno House, Spencer Gordon has released his first poetry chapbook, FEEL GOOD! LOOK GREAT! HAVE A BLAST! (Toronto ON: Ferno House, 2011). Impressive for a first offering, one might have thought Gordon wrote poems like a fiction writer would (there are so many bad examples of such), but these pieces certainly can’t be mistaken for prose, and Gordon has a good sense of the line, such as in the poem “THE YOUNG BAROQUE PAINTERS,” or “A BILLIE HOLIDAY KINDA SUNDAY.” The poems here might be slightly uneven, but there is a clarity here that comes through, and a humour that allows entry where one might not have been able, otherwise.

Writer Nathaniel G. Moore also mentioned the book as part of his 2011 Year in Review. Head to the link: http://criticalcrushes.blogspot.com/2011/12/2011-in-review-we-were-born-to-diet.html

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