“The Inability to Say ‘Zed’”: An Introduction to Bridging the Literary Border: Winter 2014 Svpplement.

by E Martin Nolan

A border is never done. It can move, it is arbitrary, but it has definite consequences. I’ve been asked why I have curated a supplement on the US-Canadian border. I could go on and on. I have personally crossed that literary and cultural border, such that it is. I have crossed the bureaucratic border, and known the slim madness of being passed between stable neighbors. Or is it neighbours? Microsoft Word says the first is spelled correctly; my Text Edit disagrees. A minor limbo, I know. Nothing like crossing a real border, like fleeing in fear for your life or seeking a future unattainable back home. I could try to frame the clear distinctions between the US and Canada—political atmospheres, historical divergences, literary lineages—but I would be forced, almost every time, to ask: is that a real divergence or a minor deviation from a larger North American, or Western, norm? …...


The Line at the Ambassador Bridge.

by Lisa Pasold

I. The city’s blocks fold down to the water. People here are godless but hopeful. We hold our hands aloft, outstretched, extended. We suffer through...

The Unrequited North.

by Stewart Cole

  Our last spring in Canada began as the end of winter. The seized hinges in the throats of blackbirds bespoke the protracted eke of transition...

Zou Bisou Bisou.

by Denise Duhamel

  Last March, as Megan Draper sang “Zou Bisou Bisou” to Don, it all came back to me—the Yé-yé movement, Gillian Hill’s rendition. Because I am ...

Two Poems.

by Cal Freeman

HOW TO HAUNT THE BANK-OWNED HOMES OF DEARBORN, MI                                                             This interiority turned up like a coll...

Three Poems.

by Michael Lauchlan

Brief Chronology “Those who are well fed will never understand those who are not.” —Evangelia Karakaxa, 15, Greece NY Times, Apr. 18, 2013 Better to...

Two Poems.

by Brandyn Johnson

GARBAGE When you picked me up early from school, I thought I was in trouble and I clung to the door handle in the van. I had never been fishing with...

Scobey (Both Hands).

by Sean Ward

—For DT, who provided an image 1. They drove south from Moose Jaw in two vans SK-36—headlights off to cut the reflection on the snow— They were city...



“Devouring the Letters”: An Interview with Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott, Authors of Decomp.

by Jillian Harkness

Stephen Collisis an award-winning poet, activist and professor of contemporary literature at Simon Fraser University. His poetry books include Anarchive, The Commons, On the Material (awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), Decomp(with Jordan Scott), and the forthcoming To the Barricades. He lives in Vancouver, BC. Jordan Scott is the author of Decomp (with Stephen Collis), Silt, which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Blert. Blert was adapted into a short film for Bravo! and was the subject of an online interactive documentary commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada. He lives in Vancouver, BC. The following interview was conducted via e-mail in December 2013.   Jillian Harkness: This is quite a unique project. How did the idea for Decomp arise? Why Darwin? Stephen Collins & Jordan Scott: It was Jordan’s idea to leave a book outside to rot for a year. It was very gestural, …...