Cole Mash

Hastings-Sunrise By Bren Simmers Nightwood Editions 96 pages; $18.95 Reviewed by Cole Mash East Vancouver, like the rest of the capitalist world, is an area in a state of constant decay and repair. Parking lots are paved for the condos beside them, followed by people and their cars to fill those parking lots. Hastings- Sunrise, the […]

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undercurrent By Rita Wong Nightwood Editions 96 pages; $18.95 Reviewed by Cole Mash In her poem “The Wonders of Being Several,” Rita Wong quotes Louis Pasteur, writing, “the role of the infinitely small, is infinitely large.” This quotation rings especially true of Wong’s new collection undercurrent. Though it spans only 96 pages, make no mistake—the […]

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Michael V Smith is a performance artist, poet, novelist, professor, drag queen, film-maker, comic and occasional go-go dancer: he is a man whose work transcends categorization, and his memoir, My Body is Yours (Arsenal Pulp Press), is no different. The memoir smartly unpacks topics like gender roles, ontology and social pressure, while telling the compelling and […]

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We Don’t Listen to Them By Sean Johnston Thistledown Press 144 pages; $18.95 Reviewed by Cole Mash Continuing with the spare but complex minimalism that made Sean Johnston’s other works so satisfying to devour, We Don’t Listen to Them is a collection of stories with blind-depth that holds you at every turned page. Johnston was […]

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Angular Unconformity: The Collected Works of Don McKay By Don McKay Goose Lane Editions 584 pages; $45.00 Reviewed by Cole Mash The importance of being gifted with the publication of Don McKay’s collected works can be found nested in the title McKay chose for the volume. In the dust jacket, McKay provides us with a […]

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