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One Day Even Trevi will Crumble

If you’ve spent any time in NDG, particularly the less gentrified part south of Monkland Village commonly nicknamed “No Damn Good,” you’ve probably seen Neale McDevitt around. He’s a denizen, a die-hard – what he’d call “a lifer.” The 40-year-old McDevitt has lived in a four-block radius of Sherbrooke Street his entire life. So it’s […]

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The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists

“The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his own room.” Blaise Pascal said that, and while French philosophers have a tendency to overstate, his words do get at the nagging “What am I doing here?” inner voice that has haunted many a traveller’s darker hours. […]

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Volta

Volta begins with the warning of “widespread damage.” It’s never made clear what the damage is, but the calamitous mood is certainly everywhere in these new poems. Swimming Among the Ruins, Susan Gillis’s debut collection, showed readers that she had a fine eye for instability, be it the world’s declension into ruin (“The young pines […]