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The Boy - a review

The Boy
by Betty Jane Hegerat

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With The Boy, Hegerat has skillfully woven together the fact of investigative journalism with the fiction of a novella using strands of memoir and a writer’s journal. 192 more words

Reading Recommendations

My review of Sandy Shreve’s Waiting for the Albatross: Found Poems from a Deck Hand’s Diary (Oolichan Books, 2015) at Canadian Poetries:

…There’s a yearning in those words, and a lament, what once we were, a country where things were made.

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Book Review: God Telling a Joke and Other Stories by Dave Margoshes

I love reading short stories. I seem to flip through them faster than a novel, simply because it it forces you to reach the end of one story before you put your bookmark in. 372 more words

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Book Review: A Crack in the Wall by Betty Jane Hegerat

I’ve always enjoyed stories about ‘regular people, doing regular things’. They hold a certain fascination for me, simply because I can relate to those kinds of characters more than others, my life being pretty uneventful in general. 369 more words

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Marrow Review #2: Warren Heiti & Steve Noyes

Poet Edward Hirsch states that persona poetry originates “in archaic rituals where masks are independent beings that possess the ones who assume them,” resulting in the animistic “displacement of the poet’s self into another existence, a second self.” While persona or mask poetry can scarcely be said to be currently popular in Canada where either the lyrical/confessional-style poem or the experimental/language poem continues to dominate, two recent books deal with the development of multiple personas in mostly masterful ways: Heiti’s first foray Hydrologos (Pedlar Press 2011) and Noyes’ Rainbow Stage/Manchuria (Oolichan Books 2012). 860 more words


“Couldn’t you at least put out a little cheese?”

By my assessment, Betty Jane Hegerat has already baked plum kuken, and a batch of apfeltaschen. The teacups are set out, coffee on the ready, and invited guests beginning to arrive for an afternoon of in-home author readings. 641 more words

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