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Poetry Week: Rachael Simpson’s playful words

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Photo of a Rachael Simpson poem by Sanita FejzicPhoto of a Rachael Simpson poem by Sanita Fejzic

Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press published this past fall Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this would be a great opportunity to profile each of the writers featured in Five.  Today we look at the work of Rachael Simpson, whose poetry has appeared in print and online throughout Canada and the United States.  She lives in Ottawa and blogs at seedandpearl.blogspot.ca. (See part 1, part 2 and part 3 of this series of five profiles). Rachael Simpson’s use of repetition with variation is wonderful, especially in “Corrode.” Simply put: Simpson’s poetry is unexpected and playful, and fun to read. Like many of the other poets in Five, she too has a... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 24, 2015

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Empty Shelves. Photo from their bandcamp page.Empty Shelves. Photo from their bandcamp page.

This week’s Apt613 Live is all about the music.  This weekend there are a lot of great folks visiting the capital to rock your socks off (and toques and mittens and never-going-to-return-to-storage winter coats). We chat with Chris Milligan, one third of the folk-rock band Sea Perry a group of “nice guys” who are taking the stage at Avant-Garde to sample some music from their upcoming album this Saturday. Throw in a little hodgepodge of every type of music you can name: footstompin’ country ala Ginger St. James; smooth jazzy-soul... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: The fragile equilibrium of Justin Million

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Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press published this past fall Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this would be a great opportunity to profile each of the writers featured in Five.  Today we look at the work of Justin Million.  (See part 1, part 2 and part 3 of this series of five profiles). Justin Million is currently living and writing in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, while commuting to Pickering, Ontario for work at a sporting goods store.  Million’s work has appeared in Poetry Is Dead, ottawater, The Steel... | Continue reading article

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SELFIE: A photo exhibition on crossed identities at Karsh-Masson

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Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.

Raymond Aubin is an artist in contemporary photography who also writes critiques and reviews in visual and media arts. Through their photographic self-stories, artists Magida El-Kassis, Olivia Johnston, and Jennifer Stewart invite us to reflect upon the contemporary fragmentation of the identity. Walking into the SELFIE exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery is an overwhelming experience. Right in front of the entrance, one is greeted with a diptych by El-Kassis bearing a prophetic title: “it’s what you do to me”. The visitor is forced to branch left or right where a... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: House Dreams’ journey of self-discovery

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House Dreams Brick Books, 2014 By Deanna Young   House Dreams begins with an epigraph from Carl Jung.  It comes from Memories, Dreams and Reflections, co-written with Aniela Jaffé.  It describes a personal dream — sometimes called Jung’s House Dream — that came to him at a time when he was examining the unconscious.  The psychoanalyst finds himself in an unfamiliar house.  He descends stairs to the ground floor and finds everything much older.  Pushing on, through darkness and a heavy door, he finds a stone staircase and continues his descent.... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: Spotlight on Jesslyn Delia Smith

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This past fall,  Apt. 9 Press published Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this was be the perfect opportunity to profile all five writers featured in this collection.  Today we look at the work of Jesslyn Delia Smith, an Ottawa-based author whose work has appeared in ottawater, the Bywords Quarterly Journal, The Steel Chisel, and In/Words Magazine.  (See also part 1, part 3 and part 4 of this series of five profiles). The most captivating aspect of Jesslyn Delia Smith’s poems, and the most striking... | Continue reading article

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