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Review of JC Bouchard’s Borderline Definitions

Hi folks,

I just found out yesterday (from a friend’s very kind email, in fact) that my review of JC Bouchard’s Borderline Definitions has just been posted on The Town Crier! Many thanks to Jason Freure and the other folks at the bloggy appendage for working to make this as strong a piece as it could be–and, of course, for putting it out into the world.

The piece isn’t so much a book review, actually, as a reflection on the launch event and the too much time I’ve spent at dark, loud Toronto readings with JC and the rest of the scene’s tireless regulars. I’ll let the rest of the review speak for itself, but now that I’m on my own blog, I wanted to add a footnote that ended up being cut from the final piece. In short, this is at once my gesture to the people who make this scene memorable to me, and my apology for not gesturing to them more directly:

Though I considered naming some of the many folks who have made this community so vibrant and impactful, I realized that there are simply too many, and that any decisions about who to include or exclude would only reflect a kind of hierarchization (not to mention bias) that simply doesn’t fit. Instead, I hope their honour will be served by my attempts to articulate the soul of the community they built and continue to build.

And that’s that. If you’re a friend who knows these readings well, I hope you’ll forgive me. If you’re a reader, happy reading!


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Microlit review of Zane Koss’s Warehouse Zone at The Town Crier

Hi everyone,

I’ve already shared this on social media, but I wanted say a few more words about the “microlit” review of Zane Koss’s Warehouse Zone I wrote for The Town Crier (The Puritan‘s “bloggy appendage), which was published last Wednesday. The review is part of (the first part of, in fact) an ongoing series of microlit reviews the blog introduced last week; rather than try to define the term “microliterature” or the mission of the series myself, I’ll refer you to this introductory post written by The Town Crier’s editor, Jason Freure, which does a really excellent job of framing the extended project. It’s probably needless to say that I’m 100% behind it.

If you haven’t read it already, I hope you do take a look at my review of Warehouse Zone, which is really an amazing work of post-conceptual writing. I also hope the review might lead a few more people to read the complete chapbook, however difficult that may be; the project was printed in a very limited run last summer by Publication Studio Guelph and has not been widely advertised since. I’ve been told that the book will be available at the brand-new Publication Studio webstore very soon, so you should definitely be on the lookout for it. And if you’re really anxious, you should be able to get a copy sent to you (for only $5, + shipping and handling) by emailing PS directly, as noted on the book’s listing here.

Aside from the opportunity to review Warehouse Zone specifically, I’m also super-proud of the strong showing Guelph is making in the microlit scene, at least as far a The Town Crier defines it. It so happens that the blog’s second microlit review was written by my friend Jeremy Luke Hill at Guelph’s Vocamus Press on the fantastic Fenylalanine Publishing, who I released a chapbook with earlier this year. It’s also worth pointing out that Zane Koss is a founding member of the &, collective, a really excellent bunch of young poets I’ve been working with since September and will be releasing a chapbook with very, very soon (so stay tuned for that).

As usual, it won’t be long before I have more news. Until then, keep reading microlit!

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