Recommended Reading


MY LEFT FOOT

  Make no bones about it; my left foot carried its final edition in my genes since the day I was born. My left ankle’s collapse a birth defect; its ankle fusion fix a failure, confirmed too late by a CT scan for anyone to believe my foot’s pain was 9 on a scale of

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TRIAGE

I am in an angry and sad place right now. I’m sad that R Murray Schafer has died. He was 88 and has done a lot of good work so it’s a tempered sadness as I work on gazhals prompted by his string quartets. I am sad that Dave Barber has died. He is my

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STARTING AGAIN by Tom Wayman

By Tom Wayman, with permission read by Victor Enns Photo Credit: Jeremy Addington  Canadian Poetry Online  

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Innocence (i. Introduction)

The Angel that presided ‘oer my birth The Angel that presided ‘oer my birth Said, “Little creature, form’d of Joy and Mirth, “Go love without the help of any Thing on Earth.” Auguries of Innocence   By William Blake To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 

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IMPOSTER BINGO

FOR PERFORMANCE I AM NOT I am not a theatre artist, I am not an actor, I am not a playwright, I am not a dramaturg. I am not a novelist, I am not a journalist, I am not a magazine writer, or a copywriter. I am not a composer, I am not a conductor,

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SEE: SAMPLE SUNDAY

I have mined the old Winnipeg Review site for some of my off kilter reviews of the previous decade.  I enjoyed listening to Stradivarius in Rio featuring Vicktoria Mullova.

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B. Mining the Winnipeg Review (some excerpts)

EXCERPT 1. WINNIPEG REVIEW The Town that Drowned by Riel Nason Posted: December 12, 2011 Reviewed by Victor Enns (Excerpted) Goose Lane Editions is gaining a reputation for spotting good writers early, such as Winnipeg’s own Joan Thomas and her prize-winning debut Reading by Lightning. The Town that Drowned is Riel Nason’s debut novel, though

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A. MINING THE WINNIPEG REVIEW

Winnipeg Review Posted: March 31, 2011 SanctuaryLine/Cities of Refuge Full length Book Reviews Reviewed and abecedaried by Victor Enns After the children go home I am left with two books, Jane Urquhart’s Sanctuary Line and Michael Helm’s Cities of Refuge. Both come with handsome book jackets with yellow as a key colour carrying the now-ubiquitous

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Passages: Three Dead Men In A Drunken Boat

Robert Lowell and Hank William dance with Field Commander Cohen A bad black and white movie, this dying in the back bench seat of a yellow New York taxi cab. Robert Trail Spence Lowell without the heart for the trip home, tips his head on his hoary chest, frees his depressed nuerons to collide with

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Passages; Lowell on Sunday and Roethke

Waking Early Sunday Morning  by Robert Lowell           For Theodore Roethke by Robert Lowell   “I LEAVE MY FATHER’S EYE”                      –  Theodore Roethke I stumble into the pool, my fall checked by the cleanest water until I put my head down my feet up. Enveloped by a field of

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