John Lent’s “Hat Trick: Democracy, Philosophy, Love” and Laurie Fuhr’s “Sunflowers for Roberta” conclude our 2018 installments of “Car Poems for Robert Kroetsch.” Lent wrote his poem just before Kroetsch’s death; Fuhr wrote hers shortly after Kroetsch’s passing. Fuhr’s poem was previously published in another form in Dear Mr. Kroetsch, an above/ground press chapbook. HAT TRICK: I M P O S S I B L E S U B J E C T S Democracy/ Philosophy/ Love By John Lent for Robert Kroetsch DEMOCRACY Walking down 25th Street this morning in the sun and the quiet—it being...Read More
Month: June 2018
So you love her hair, eh? Wild and free Curls defying gravity You love how they bounce When she walks So full of cuteness Every ounce You love her light eyes And how they pop Against the backdrop Of her caramel skin She’s so beautiful Your pockets would be so full You say If she would model For Old Navy Or some agency Willing to pay For her variety Of beauty You love her hair, eh? That’s what you say But can you see The legacy Of slavery Buried in her skin Can you feel the heat Of prejudice...Read More
After our last “Car Poems” installment of the season, scheduled for Thursday, June 28th, we’re driving off into the sunset for summer vacation. We hope that our readers will also relax, repair, and create new works we can publish when “Car Poems” resumes in September 2018. The address for submissions is firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Politics/Letters submission link. The deadline to submit poems for publication in Fall 2018 will be September 20, 2018. In addition to “Car Poems,” which focuses on poems about cars, travel, transport, driving, or anything remotely related to the road and its inhabitants, we are launching a new literary section this June that will continue throughout the year. Titled Anti-Genre, this new section will feature poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and cross-genre explorations. Your imagination is our only limit (or the main limit, at least). Submit previously unpublished writings for this new, non-automotive section via the Politics/Letters submission link, or to email@example.com Deadline for fall publication is also September 20, 2018. Thank you so much for your loyal reading. See you in the autumn! Theresa Smalec and Matthew Friedman ...Read More
The photo of the title page of Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait, inscribed by the author is courtesy of Chris Masson. This installment of “Car Poems” remembers and celebrates Robert Kroetsch (June 26, 1927 – June 21, 2011). We thank the many writers who responded to our call for poems and/or prose that engage with Kroetsch’s multifaceted legacy on such short notice. Contributors include Fred Wah, Garin Cycholl, John Breedlove, Rob Budde, Susan Rudy, Theresa Smalec, Dennis Cooley, Lea Graham, Frank Davey, Aritha van Herk, David Eso, John Lent, and Laurie Fuhr. Chris Masson, Dennis Cooley, and George Webber...Read More
The photo “Kroetsch rejoices, Torreira beach, Portugal, May 13, 2002” is courtesy of Dennis Cooley. Copyright held by Dennis Cooley. A Father’s Day poem for Robert Kroetsch (June 2018) By Susan Rudy In June 2011, we both left Alberta I moved He stopped moving I left cars and provinces and lives behind as did he but unlike me he didn’t choose to leave I’ve chosen to leave Ontario, Alberta, a marriage, a job He showed me how to leave, and return, a kind of literary father, his texts and his life, were unconventional banal, extraordinary He was a...Read More
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