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For issue seven of Poetry Is Dead, guest editors Nikki Reimer and Kevin Spenst working on a collaborative issue. Each editor has separate submission calls to respond to.
Visit the Poetry Is Dead website for more information about submitting writing.
Nikki Reimer is looking for poetry and critical writing that examines the relationship between mental illness, art in general, and poetry in particular. Submissions that explore aspects of this relationship similar to the ones mentioned above, and/or any aspects of the relationship between mental illness and poetry are welcome. I’m curious about how poets who self-identify as mentally ill might make meaning or avoid making meaning out of their suffering, and how they conceive of the relationship between poetry and their mental health. What creative possibilities emerge by delving into the intersection of poetry and madness? What textual strategies do poets use to engage with and/or represent their mental illness? Does writing make poets crazy? Can it make us sane?
Kevin Spenst is looking for poetry that engages with the historical, institutional, linguistic, corporal and urban dimensions of mental illness and the strangeness of these worlds confining people in a precarious state of mind. How do the various forms of poetry (concrete, sound, poetic-essay and formal verse) parallel intentional and unintentional forms of confinement? What are the strategies that individuals use to liberate themselves? (a metal file, a legal defense, humour?) Can a poem help someone out of the troubling labyrinth of language? How can a poem reword “schizophrenia”?
Today, in an installment of Throwback Thursday more classic than kitsch, we turn our attention to the archives of the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. In 2006, Erin Williams wrote a project report entitled “The Chapters effect on British Columbia-based literary publishers,” in which she outlined the history of Chapters-Indigo, its relationship to publishers and its place within the changing book industry, approaching these changes from the perspective of one independent literary press: Talonbooks (hey, that’s us!).Tuesday December 17, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Literature from and about the prairies has continually enriched Canada’s cultural landscape. Today on Meta-Talon we explore a few Talon books whose beautiful work offers entrances to the prairie region and its sensibilities, whether through language and metaphor or unique takes on important but too-often forgotten historical moments.Thursday December 12, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Adeena Karasick was recently interviewed by Megan Yetman of Ontario College of Art and Design University. The excerpts from this interview that appear on Meta-Talon today – in which Karasick discusses This Poem and propounds ideas about pop culture, Derrida, print vs. new media, and the future of publishing – are published with permission from NIX Magazine, the first issue of which will be available in January.Thursday December 5, 2013 in Meta-Talon
The holiday season is upon us, and perhaps you are considering giving the gift of a good book! Here are the most lovely and readable and immediately compelling books we have produced recently to help you in your quest. Order soon to have them delivered in the next couple of weeks! (And did you know that ours come nicely packaged?)
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