Issue 3.37

Winter 2019

Editor: Fenn Stewart

3.37 (Winter 2019) offers new poetry by Tawahum Justin Bige, Peter Myers, and Divya Victor; an excerpt from Christina and Martha Baillie’s forthcoming Sister Language; “Blankets” by Félix Ruiz de la Orden, winner of our 8th Annual Robin Blaser Poetry contest; and, from the archives of TCR, a reprint of Colin Stuart’s work from a 1976 issue of this magazine;

A feature on Riisa Gundesen’s uncanny unselfies, paintings that “invite the abject in” — and invite the viewer into gorgeous and alarming domestic scenes — all rotten food, wrinkled sheets, and unconstrained bodies;

Text art by Hiba Abdallah, Lorna Brown, Kay Gordon, Kathy Slade, and Ron Terada, accompanied by Eric Schmaltz’s visual poetry, and an excerpt from Sean Braune’s theory of Word-Things;

Our own Mary Chen invites T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss and Hiromi Goto on a “nature walk” in Maplewood Flats (North Vancouver, BC), where they encounter birds, hawthorns, rosehips, and a seal person, and consider the ethics of gathering foods and medicines in Indigenous territories;

Erín Moure and Vivek Shraya generously contribute their time and words to our new series of interviews celebrating the work of mentorship;

Two Vancouver writers, Leanne Dunic and Renee Rodin, offer essays in which they contemplate human, animal, and vegetable connections —“On Dandelions and Progressive Rock” and “On the Bus”;

And in see-to-see, our review section, Amber Dawn reads Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men (also on the bus); Danielle LaFrance parses Aaron Vidaver’s compilation of the texts that make up Aaron Vidaver; Chimedum Ohaegbu reads Carrianne Leung’s short stories set in 1970s Scarborough; and Evan Mauro sits with Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life.

Riisa Gundesen, Sole Face/Cubist Study, 2018, watercolour on rag paper, 17 x 12 inches. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Joshua Wade.
Riisa Gundesen, Sole Face/Cubist Study, 2018, watercolour on rag paper, 17 x 12 inches. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Joshua Wade.

Editor's Note

On the Bus

In conversation: "What's the Hinterland? I can't wait to meet the Hinterland"

For the Readers

Carets, strike-outs, underlines, circles and dots


Everything I Wanted to Tell You

Rehearsing Disagreement

Ron Terada's TL; DR

The 1989 Failure Oracle

Of Dandelions and Progressive Rock

from CURB

from Word-Things: Towards a Haptic Semiology

Three Poems

The Monstrous I

Assembled Lines

from the archives (with a note from Duncan McNaughton)


Review of Counter-Interpellation, Volume One by Aaron Vidaver

Review of I'm Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya

Review of That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung

Review of Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale by Matt Hern, Am Johal, and Joe Sacco

Mentorship Interview Series

COVER: Sole Face / Cubist Study, 2018

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