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Michael Dennis calls O'Meara 'an essential Canadian voice'

By Michael Dennis
Michael Dennis's blog
December 30 2013

Michael Dennis covers some of Canada's best new poetry collections on his blog, and just before 2014, he reviewed Ottawa poet David O'Meara's A Pretty Sight, heaping some serious praise on the book and calling O'Meara 'an essential Canadian voice.' Read the full review at michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca, or see the sampling below.

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The Uniter doesn't think Jon Paul Fiorentino Needs Improvement

By Adam Petrash
The Uniter
September 18 2013

The Uniter, based in Jon Paul Fiorentino's old hometown of Winnipeg, took a crack at his new, critic-baiting title, Needs Improvement, and found it inaccurate. The full review by Adam Petrash follows:

Needs Improvement?
Not at all Jon Paul Fiorentino's new collection of poetry is damn near perfect
by Adam Petrash

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Forget the Box delves into Needs Improvement

Website Forget the Box previewed the Montreal launch of Jon Paul Fiorentino's Needs Improvement with a part-review / part-interview. An excerpt follow. Read the full review for all the Fiorentino conversational goodness at Forget the Box:

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Winnipeg Free Press praises funny, irreverent Needs Improvement

By Jonathan Ball
Winnipeg Free Press
August 24 2013

Jon Paul Fiorentino's sixth collection, Needs Improvement, received its first review before the book even found its way to bookshelves. From his hometown of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Free Press includes the book in their monthly poetry roundup by fellow Coach House author Jonathan Ball.

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Michael Dennis has high praise for The Lease

By Michael Dennis
michaeldennis.blogspot.ca
June 25 2013

Ottawa poet Michael Dennis, upon the recommendation of a friend, read Mathew Henderson's Trillium-nominated book, The Lease. His full review of the book appears on his site, michaeldennispoet.blogspot.ca but some of the highlights are listed below:

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Timeout Chicago awards The Devil and the Detective four stars

By Jonathan Messinger
Timeout Chicago
April 18 2013

John Goldbach's novel, The Devil and the Detective, was awarded four stars in an early review from Timeout Chicago in the April 18th edition of the magazine. Among other things, reviewer Jonathan Messinger notes its amusing slapstick and indebtedness to noir and Harry Mathews:

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ARC chronicles Probably Inevitable's vibrant obsession with time

By Andrew Johnson
ARC Poetry Magazine
March 7 2013

In the 70th issue of ARC Poetry Magazine, reviewer Andrew Johnson reviewed Matthew Tierney's new poetry collection, Prob­a­bly Inevitable, and admired the poet's obsession with time that carries throughout the book:

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This Magazine thinks Cosmo hits it out of the park

Review: Cosmo
By Caitlynn Cummings
This Magazine
January 4 2013

The January/February issue of This Magazine features a review of Spencer Gordon's Cosmo by Caitlynn Cummings. The review is outstanding, as it not only calls Gordon's work 'brave, poignant, and hilarious,' but it also compares him to Mariah Carey.

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Canadian Literature finds Autobiography of Childhood powerful and vital

By Maia Joseph
Canadian Literature
December 21 2012

In the January 2013 issue of Canadian Literature, reviewer Maia Joseph looked at Sina Queyras's novel, Autobiography of Childhood, and finds a towering achievement in urban literature, strongly influenced by the work of Virginia Woolf. An excerpt of the review follows.

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The Winnipeg Free Press loves Cosmo (but not so much its cover)

By Victor Enns
Winnipeg Free Press
December 29 2012

Just before the end of 2012, the Winnipeg Free Press reviewed Spencer Gordon's debut short story collection, Cosmo. The good news is, the reviewer, Victor Enns, loved the book. The bad news is, he really didn't like the cover. (We love the cover, so we're not sure what he finds so unpleasant.)

The review follows:

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