ISSUE 25

Fiction.

Jamboree.

by Andrew Forbes

Buddy of mine set me up with three or four days of work doing security at the Havelock Jamboree. Under the table pay. Fifty thousand people camping ...

#Fortune Teller.

by Trevor Corkum

Potzi’s dead. They found his body in a dumpster behind a strip club on Dundas. He’d been shot up a bunch of times. Now Eli and I are hiding. Potzi w...

Poetry.

Two Poems.

by Jessie Jones

STATEMENT OF WORK   I am sick and ill equipped for womanhood, Sheila, its rickety basket bouncing on the front of me. I wish you’d give me the ...

The Anatomist.

by Andrew McEwan

  You are a union of liquids and solids. The city layers over your skin, becomes your excess. You remain out of reach. Call your feelings “comp...

Three Poems.

by Sarah Pinder

AUGUST   I have a body—I move it under the underpass, past the house vomiting itself into the street, lightly wheezing in the last of the day. ...

Two Poems.

by Liz Worth

SPIT, SISTER Raw intro: In a bus station bathroom you Hand me a diagram: how to separate meat from bone. You say, “Nothing cuts deeper than your own...

Three Poems.

by Stevie Howell

SINKHOLES TONIGHT Get a load of this— animals lodge their heads in jars and fences, do the moonwalk to extract themselves. A toddler falls down a we...

Three Poems.

by philip gordon

WHEN YOU CALL AND SAY ‘BLOW ME’ MY ANSWER WILL BE DEPENDENT ON THE DAY’S AMBIENT BAROMETRIC PRESSURE   a friend described the wind as ‘brutal’ ...

Essays.

“The Fight for Toronto’s Skies”: How the Mirvish+Gehry Condos Are about Art, Heritage, and Capital.

by Jason Freure

Whether he meant to or not, Ed Mirvish became a city-builder. His enterprises have become landmarks, including the Royal Alexandra Theatre and, of course, Honest Ed’s. Now his son, David Mirvish, wants to make his own mark on the city of Toronto. In the process, he’s turned himself into a local reprobate, though most of the criticism aimed at him stems from his $100 million sale of Honest Ed’s and surrounding properties. Mirvish Junior is abandoning this block in the Annex to focus on King Street, where he plans to tear down the Princess of Wales Theatre and the adjacent century-old warehouses. In their place, he’s going to build condos, but not just any condos: he plans on building three 80-storey condo towers designed by architect Frank Gehry, responsible for projects like the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the AGO’s renovation. The …...

Interviews.

“Now I See Something That I Didn’t Before”: A Conversation with Anita Lahey.

by Phoebe Wang

Anita Lahey is the author of two poetry collections: Out to Dry in Cape Breton, published in 2006 and nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and Spinning Side Kick, published in 2011. The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture is her latest publication, released in 2013 with Palimpsest Press. She’s a former editor of Arc Poetry Magazine (2004 to 2011) and is also a journalist who has written for Canadian publications such as Maisonneuve, The Walrus, Cottage Life, Canadian Geographic, and Quill & Quire. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.   Interviewer’s Note: This interview took place on the afternoon of March 27th at Café Novo, near High Park and Lahey’s home, where she lives with her husband and son. The week previous, Lahey had conducted a mini-tour with poets and critics Jason Guriel and Zachariah Wells called “What We Talk About …...

SVPPLEMENT.

“Assuming as Little as Possible”: An Introduction to Bridging the Literary Border, Part II: Spring 2014 Svpplement.

by E Martin Nolan

What do we assume? A great many things, as we must. We cannot live in the chaos of reality, so our senses create a lie of order within which we can reasonably assume certain governing principles. We do a similar thing at our higher levels of thinking. When you say “national border” to me, you call up a number of basic shared assumptions, granting us a common position. But when is it appropriate to challenge such assumptions? And what is the danger of not doing so? The first and most obvious danger is boredom. If we accept, for instance, that the U.S. and Canada are separate entities holding distinct cultural values—or if we assume the opposite is true—we are missing out on all the subtleties that emerge when those assumptions are challenged. “Bridging the Literary Border, Part I” addressed a great many assumptions regarding the …