R.I.P. Alice Munro (1931 – 2024)

“Compared to Anton Chekhov for her peerless short stories for which she won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013, Alice Munro (left) has died.FULL STORY


Grasslands and star fields

November 19th, 2021

Matt Rader’s 5th collection of poetry Ghosthawk (Nightwood $18.95) is described by his publisher as “a guidebook of imagination from grasslands to star fields to the weather of the poet’s body.” In the midst of descriptions of bodily pain, human mortality (mentions of cancer wards, having to breath with the help of a machine and a near-death experience) and ecological crisis, Rader strews the names of wildflowers, trees, birds, snakes and other bits of the natural world from around his home in Kelowna. The publisher ends the blurb by maintaining “These poems are what he learned, the directions as he can best describe them.” 9780889714045

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