Review: The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

I'm a sucker for magical realism and emotionally-driven stories, and I've loved Amy Tan since I was first assigned The Joy Luck Club in high school. My personal favourite of hers is The Kitchen God's Wife, but this third book is one that I've picked up and half-browsed a few times, never quite making it fast the first chapter. … Continue reading Review: The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

Review: Climbing Out of Other People’s Hands by Ian Martin

You really can't go wrong with a poet who has a good sense of humour. Ian Martin is one of my favourite poets, and his 2016 chapbook Climbing Out of Other People's Hands just proves that I'm right. Martin's work always treads the careful line between pathos and dry humour, bringing the surreal just that little too … Continue reading Review: Climbing Out of Other People’s Hands by Ian Martin

Review: Welcome to the Last Earth Show by Michael Sikkema

I don't have many pet peeves when it comes to poetry, but one thing that I cannot stand is when word-salad and vaguely gross imagery is chopped up into something meant to mimic free verse. It's a trend that's been catching on, unfortunately - blank verse that has none of the emotional resonance of Rupi … Continue reading Review: Welcome to the Last Earth Show by Michael Sikkema

Zine Review: ‘Greek Goddesses: A Beginner’s Guide’ by Sarah Julian

I was at CanZine Ottawa over the weekend and picked up some fabulous independent zines! For those unfamiliar, zines are small, handmade or independently-made magazines; kind of like pocketbooks or broadsides, usually no more than 10 pages. Sometimes they're photocopied, other times (especially in the last decade) they're made on the computer and then printed … Continue reading Zine Review: ‘Greek Goddesses: A Beginner’s Guide’ by Sarah Julian