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Paper Rout

Postmedia in the gutter

Past Trauma

Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

Family Pride

Profiles in gay life

Bardia Sinaee

Bardia Sinaee won a Trillium Book Award for poetry with his debut, Intruder.

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Bardia Sinaee

Line by Line

To assemble an anthology January | February 2024
It’s hard for me to enjoy things. I try to be pleasant, but I’m a cynical know-it-all by nature. When I read a great poem, my mind reflexively tries to take apart and examine every aspect of it, as if to ward off the thought that I might be moved for reasons beyond my comprehension. For a…

Moving Goalposts

Eugene Marten runs and shoots September 2022
Gordon Lish, who has edited the likes of Raymond Carver and Don DeLillo, has called Eugene Marten “one of the top three living male American writers,” while the jacket copy of Marten’s latest novel describes him as “an unheralded, singular master.” At least one of those appraisals is easily proven: five books in, and this author …

Boys Meet World

Two takes on childhood innocence January | February 2022
Omar El Akkad opens his second novel, What Strange Paradise, with a young boy lying face down on a shore littered with bodies and wreckage. With this image, El Akkad, the author of American War, sticks his finger in an open wound. In 2015, photos of the drowned body of the three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi made headlines around the world after the small boat that carried his family capsized in the…


Lisa Robertson’s first novel October 2020
Like a child watching a magic show, one opens a new book by Lisa Robertson with the delicious anticipation of being pleasantly deceived. So the news that the poet and essayist had published her first novel filled me with furtive excitement. The Baudelaire Fractal would be a novel, I figured, in the same way that Robertson’s 2001 poetry…

Well Versed

How poets describe the indescribable May 2019
I used to be obsessed with John Ashbery’s poetry. In “The Ecclesiast,” a typically ambiguous early poem, the Pulitzer Prize winner begins one stanza with what could be a banal observation or homespun proverb —“For the shoe pinches, even though it fits perfectly” — and ends with a sentimental plea: “My dearest I am as a galleon on salt…

The Thin White Line

The shifting boundaries of racial identity April 2018
Among the responses to the wave of anti-government protests in Iran in late 2017 and early 2018 was a reignited Western curiosity about Iranian life before the Islamic revolution. Photographs circulated on social media from a 1969 Vogue spread showing models in exotic outfits posing in historic mosques and among ancient ruins. On New Year’s…

Lives of the Poet

The reclusive Elizabeth Bishop reveals herself in her work September 2016
When a reporter at the American embassy in Brazil called Elizabeth Bishop in 1956 and told her she had won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Bishop left her mountaintop home near Rio, entered a neighbour’s kitchen and ate two Oreo cookies, which she hated. “I thought I should do something to celebrate,” she later explained to the Paris Review