Canada Poetry

Kafka & Langer: An Unusually Complex Friendship

Beverley Golden | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

All any of us wants is to be seen and to be heard. This longing is at the core of our human beingness. Most never get the opportunity to share their l...

Remember: At the End of the Day, It's Yourself You Answer To

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I try to remember to admire the things I love about myself, to flirt if I want to, to smile for no reason at all. I remember that, like Dr. Angelou said, "I have a certain way of being in this world, and I shall not, I shall not be moved." I remember that in the end, always in the end, it's myself I answer to at the end of the day.

If You Think You're an Iconoclast You're Probably a Fool

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Neil Seeman

To be labeled an iconoclast, and then, to believe it, is delusional. Labels such as "genius" are just that. It is statistically certain that the vast majority of people who have been labeled geniuses, savants, prodigies or iconoclasts -- if they believe it -- are fools.

Seven Canadian Arts Mavens You Want to Know

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Who better to share their thoughts on arts mavens in Canada that you may not know, but should, than folks who are at the pulse of the magic that is going on in our country. The secret nuggets that are just blooming. Here are their picks of what you should know.

The B.C. Election: The Pitfalls of Flip-Flopping

Cole Hogan | Posted 08.08.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Here Warren Kinsella's oft-repeated maxim rings true. In Kinsella's latest book he states that what is true of car crashes is true of political life. When polled, voters will insist they hate negative ads. But when they thinking no one is looking they will slow down, take a look, and remember what they see.

Sarah Slean on Following Her Bliss [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg In my in-depth interview with Sarah Slean she spoke about the inspiration behind her latest album, Land & Sea, her amazing art and deeply philosophical poetry.

Sexism and Silence in the Literary Community

Jon Paul Fiorentino | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Living
Jon Paul Fiorentino

There are so many reasons a literary community remains silent when faced with the unpleasant business of sexism or misogyny: many writers fear the repercussions of speaking out because many of the people who get away with both blatant and subtle forms of hate are also in positions of relative power in the literary community.

Has Politeness Become Passé?

Sue Jacques | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

I remember meeting an executive at a corporate reception a couple of years ago who was bemoaning the fact that he's just too busy to deal with what he called "the niceties" of peer-to-peer communication. According to him, there just aren't enough hours in the day to swap insignificant comments of courtesy. When he said, "I wish people would just get to the point" it struck such a chord in me that I Tweeted about it, suggesting that maybe he's missing the point:

AFRaKaReN on Why Art Is Power

Che Kothari | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada
Che Kothari

Before we had written language, we had storytellers. Their role was critical: without paper and pen the passing down of stories by word of mouth was t...

Introducing Wakefield Brewster

Lonnie Taylor | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Alberta
Lonnie Taylor

I first met Wakefield last year during the first People's Poetry Festival. He struck me as a larger than life character with a magnetic energy which compelled people to listen to every word he spoke. In discussions with him he revealed that he had come from Toronto, firstly for love, and secondly for the opportunity to connect with a new audience. He is like a pioneer of sorts in the world of spoken word and has been largely welcomed into its circles in Calgary.

Ode To A Wedge Sneaker

Hallae Khosravi | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Style
Hallae Khosravi

Wedge sneakers were due for some poetry since their invasion and take-over of the feet of the young, frivolous, and trendy in mid-2011, but it wasn't until I saw their latest incarnation from the original sneaker maven, Madame Isabel Marant, that I felt compelled to write a ditty myself...

The Music Diaries: "Half Angel Half Eagle"

Jane Siberry | Posted 04.05.2012 | Canada
Jane Siberry

Someone's mother falls to the sidewalk; on the next street someone looks up. In the cathedral, a burst of laughter; in another city the pigeons fly up and scatter. Someone put down in a New York subway a newspaper picked up in Australia. For each event, the inarticulate glory, the equal and opposite, will tell the story.