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New Star Review of Reviews No. 4


A spo­rad­i­cal­ly appear­ing round-up of recent reviews & notable notices of New Star releas­es. In this install­ment, our recent Poet­ry & Lit­er­a­ture.

North of California St. - 3Drob mclen­nan, Canada’s lead­ing man of low­er-case let­ters, fea­tured North of Cal­i­for­nia St. by George Stan­ley on his epony­mous blog on Sep­tem­ber 7, fol­low­ing it up with a lengthy inter­view with Stan­ley at The Con­ver­santNorth of Cal­i­for­nia St. also made mclennan’s 2014 Rrrrec­om­mend­ed rrread­ing list. South of the bor­der, the Amer­i­can Poet­ry Foun­da­tion fea­tured San Fran­cis­co native Stanley’s new book on their Har­ri­et blogsite. New York’s Poet­ry Project Newslet­ter No. 238 (Feb­ru­ary-March 2014) ran Sta­cy Szym­naszek’s rave about Stanley’s pre­vi­ous book, After Desire. “One of the most unique ears in poet­ry and one of the most flu­id imag­i­na­tions. .. . A delight­ful shift from Stanley’s pre­vi­ous col­lec­tion, Van­cou­ver: A Poem, and a great com­pan­ion vol­ume. .. . My copy is already worn out.” (Link to PDF, review on page 12)

IKMQ, by Roger FarrCol­in Ful­ton (Grad­u­ate Stud­ies, Con­cor­dia) reviews IKMQ, Roger Farr’s 2012 Dorothy Livesay final­ist on Sina Queyras’s Lemon Hound blogsite. “.. . hilar­i­ous, prob­ing, and unique in how it deploys the often-tired Wittgen­stein­ian tenets of ‘lan­guage-as-game’ and ‘mean­ing-as-use.’ In fact, I think IKMQ should be hand­ed out to poets who are con­sid­er­ing read­ing or men­tion­ing Wittgen­stein as a kind of con­tra­cep­tive device — because whether Farr intend­ed this or not (and I’d be inter­est­ed to know, one way or the oth­er), his poems do what Wittgen­stein nev­er quite man­aged: they look at things inde­pen­dent­ly of us.” [Editor’s note: Yes, he did.] Over at the Rusty Toque, Andrew McE­wan (Ryer­son) reveals that the notion­al ele­ment ludib­ri­um holds the key to under­stand­ing Farr’s peri-Oulip­pean project. “What are we to make of a book that hints at its pro­ce­dur­al poet­ics yet tells us, nev­er­the­less, to dis­re­gard it in favour of the plea­sure of the read­ing expe­ri­ence?”

Posh Lust-3D NewCoverAbout that cov­er for Posh Lust by Louis Cabri, design­er Oliv­er McPartlin ‘splains him­self on the Lit­er­ary Press Group b’log. .. . Edgy, urban Sub­Ter­rain gets out to the light-indus­tri­al ‘burbs in its Spring ’14 issue, as Shazia Hafiz Ramji reads Peter Cul­ley’s Park­way. “Suf­fused with impuls­es of gen­eros­i­ty, loy­al­ty, and dis­cov­ery, all of which can be found in moments of laugh­ter, nos­tal­gia or learn­ing.” South of the imag­i­nary bor­der, Cas­ca­di­an writer / crit­ic Paul E. Nel­son on Park­way and Culley’s Ham­mer­town project., with links to seg­ments from an inter­view Nel­son con­duct­ed w/ Cul­ley last sum­mer. .. . Bert Almon reviewed “Véhicule poet” Ken Nor­ris’s Rua da Feli­ci­dade for the Spring 2014 issue of the Mon­tre­al Review of Books. “His best work in years,” is his con­clu­sion.

9780921586722-XEclogue-3DlArt Review colum­nist Maria Lind dis­cov­ers Lisa Robert­son (XEclogue; Deb­bie: An Epic; The Weath­er) in the Sum­mer 2014 issue. Nicholas Bradley of UVic on George Bow­er­ing’s essay col­lec­tion, Words, Words, Words in BC Stud­ies 183, Autumn 2014.: “Bowering’s charm is win­ning, his tone is com­i­cal through­out.” Review­ing Michael Trege­bov’s com­ic nov­el The Shi­va, Richard J. Lane of Van­cou­ver Island Uni­ver­si­ty, in the Spring 2014 Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Quar­ter­ly, writes: “Fast-paced dia­logue .. . dri­ves Tregebov’s nov­el at break­neck speed. .. . deserves repeat­ed reread­ing, as this pow­er­ful voice in Cana­di­an lit­er­a­ture, while speak­ing in many sar­cas­tic tongues, deliv­ers an eth­i­cal punch that will be felt long after his book is set down.”