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The Portable conundrum

It’s a drizzly Thursday night on St-Laurent, that great boulevard where all that is Montreal collides and collapses into one quirky stream of consciousness, a flowing mosaic of cultures flooding the city with diversity. No street could be more fitting to host conundrum press’s tenth anniversary celebration and launch of The Portable conundrum, a book […]

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The Theory of the Loser Class

“Post-prairie poet” is an appealing phrase, one that could become fashionable in years to come, and yet it’s subversive enough to make poets across Canada shudder with either anticipation or, for those staunch romanticists, possibly alarm. The critical term was coined by Winnipeg-born poet and Montreal transplant Jon Paul Fiorentino, who co-edited with Robert Kroetsch […]

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Satie’s Sad Piano

For the past decade or so, I’ve been sharing my deep, dark secret with students across the country: I hated poetry when I was a kid. I hated it from the time I was in high school right through my undergraduate days in English Literature at McGill. Poetry, it seemed, was written by a bunch […]

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The Encantadas

Robert Allen is a formidable figure in Canadian literature. A poet and novelist, he is also editor of Matrix magazine and teaches creative writing at Concordia University. He recently completed his astonishing long poem, The Encantadas, the story of an oceanographer and his alter ego, a tap-dancing sea turtle. Born in Bristol, England, in 1946, […]

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The Silver Palace Restaurant

In a recent mRb, you named Leonard Cohen’s Stranger Music as your favourite Montreal book, saying how you first encountered Cohen when you were “suffering high school.” “In Saskatoon the Ghosts,” a poem from your newest collection The Silver Palace Restaurant, tells of a young man “reading tales of places he meant to discover.” How […]