In Review: The Week of March 23rd

March 28, 2020

Between binging Netflix's Pandemic and further feeding our worries, we soothed our fears with poetry: reading it, listening to it, and sharing it with you. Scroll on for more on that, as well as an important take on accessibility and books from Amanda Leduc, a virtual chat with author Chih-Ying Lay about bridging Canadian readers and Taiwanese culture, and more.

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~ Yvonne Blomer discusses the essential nature of water and shares two poems from her collection Sweet Water (Caitlin Press):  "It is true that water is life. It is also true that literature can feed us..."

~ Author Amanda Leduc discusses accessibility, books, and the way forward in "The Humdrum Magical: On Accessible Formats in Publishing":  "How many of us, I wonder think of the printed book and see it for what it is: an inaccessible piece of technology [that] still manages to disenfranchise a great many people?"

Home Sickness (Linda Leith Publishing) author Chih-Ying Lay talks LGBTQ+ culture in Taiwan, issues of translation, censorship and more:  "I hope that my short stories could be the vectors or bridges between the Canadian/English readers and Taiwanese culture."

~ Our #ReadHarderChallenge is for anyone who's missing all the poetry readings that this time of year usually brings. Check out Brick Books'  Brickyard, a showcase of established and emerging voices in Canadian poetry. 

 

 

 

 

Around the Web

~ If anyone has ever finished Infinite Jest it isn't Momofuku chef David Chang

~ Books are balm:  here are some of the books Canadian authors would isolate with during the pandemic.

~ Social distancing hasn't stopped book clubbers: virtual book clubs continue to rise during the pandemic.

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ICYMI (last week)

 

Inner Ear: Listening for poems

 

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"Physicists tell us reality is oddly subtle. What’s present and apparent is alive with dark matter. In his Massey Lecture, Neil Turok says 'quantum physics teaches us that, in a very real sense, we all live in an imaginary reality.' To calculate quantum physics, mathematicians use imaginary numbers. Dark glasses help us see in blinding sunlight.

If a poem is an energy moving through you into language—something latent becoming kinetic, a thrust manifesting as a ball that could thunk into a catcher’s mitt, your whole body is going to feel you receive that energy."

 

 

 

 


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