Book Review: Boxing the Compass, by Richard Greene

First appeared in The Globe and Mail Little ducks and tadpoles render large life lessons in Richard Greene’s Governor-General’s Award-winning book of poetry Boxing the Compass. Ducks because of how, with Beckett, unbothered, “They paddle crazily among remnants Of winter, the mud and the rotted … Continue readingBook Review: Boxing the Compass, by Richard Greene

Interview with Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times

First appeared in Guerilla Magazine Charles Foran: Mordecai Richler was a person of notable contradictions: a Jew accused of being anti-Semitic; an ‘un-Canadian’ Canadian; a dutiful son who hated his mother. Nigel Beale: How do you think this kind of ‘definition by opposition’ played out … Continue readingInterview with Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times

Bruce Taylor and the Essential Fruits of Wasteful Curiosity

First appeared in Guerilla Magazine When an accomplished poet tells you that he also builds boats, makes guitars, and catalogues micro-organisms it’s pretty hard not to want to connect the dots. But what if the poet tells you there are no lines to be drawn? … Continue readingBruce Taylor and the Essential Fruits of Wasteful Curiosity