a glowing review of my debut poetry collection, Weathervane, has appeared in Arc Poetry magazine. Poet and reviewer Peter Richardson has many kind things to say about several poems and the book as a whole, touching on such pieces as "Daylight Saving," "Dressing in Layers," "Choosing a Mattress," "A Millisecond of Gravitas" and others.
Richardson closes the review with this great line: "This is a spirited debut by a poet who combines keen observation with the metaphoric chops of a serious funnyman." Much thanks to him and to Arc for this piece.
Read the full review here.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Column the Eighth for Open Book Ontario
For my last post, we go back to first principles. Devouring a smorgasbord of books is fundamental to being a writer, especially a writer who can do more than one thing on the page.
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Monday, May 21, 2018
Column the Seventh for Open Book Ontario
The flip side of writerly solitude is the chance, every now and then, to be a bit of a showperson. My penultimate column.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Column the Sixth for Open Book Ontario
Whereby I share my affinity for how-to guides to writing. Here's a handful of my favourites.
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Monday, May 14, 2018
Column the Fifth for Open Book Ontario
There have been many times in my life when I felt like I had to start from scratch. But when it comes to writing books, I make sure I feel that way every time.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Column the Fourth for Open Book Ontario
My wife Rebecca Rosenblum has brought countless wonderful things into my life, but probably the best is her insistence that we pause and recognize great things when they happen in our lives. I'm still getting used to doing that.
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Monday, May 7, 2018
Column the Third for Open Book Ontario
In which I pontificate about my love of book reviewing, and why I think it's a way of contributing to the broader literary ecosystem.
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Thursday, May 3, 2018
Column the Second for Open Book Ontario
In which I talk about the glories of being a creature of habit, and the role it plays in my creative life. Enjoy!
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Column the First for Open Book Ontario
My writer in residency with Open Book kicks off with In Praise of Generosity. My thoughts on giving more than you think you can - in writing, in reading, in life.
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