Books Not for the Beach. a review of books by Gordon Phinn

Books Referenced:This Is Not a Pity Memoir, Abi Morgan (HarperCollins 2022)A Life in Light, Mary Pipher, (Bloomsbury 2022)The Organist, Mark Abley (University If Regina Press 2019)The Last Days of Roger Federer, Geoff Dyer (Canongate 2022)They Have Bodies, Barney Allen (ed. Gregory Betts: University of Ottawa Press 2020)This Time A Better Earth, Ted Allen (ed. BartContinue reading “Books Not for the Beach. a review of books by Gordon Phinn”

WordCity Literary Journal. July 2022

©®| All rights to the content of this journal remain with WordCity Literary Journal and its contributing artists. Table of Contents Letter from the Editor. Darcie Friesen Hossack Every so often, we leave our theme open to whatever may be on the minds and hearts (and also in the files) of writers and poets aroundContinue reading “WordCity Literary Journal. July 2022”

The Pitfalls and Pleasures of Summer Reading. books reviewed by Gordon Phinn

The Pitfalls and Pleasures of Summer Reading Books considered: No Escape, Nury Turkel (Hanover Square Press 2022)Bad Trips, Slava Pastuk (Dundurn 2022)Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John Mandel (HarperCollins 2022)Pure Colour, Shelia Heti (Anansi, 2022)The Book of Smaller, Rob McClennan (University of Calgary Press 2022)My Grief, the Sun, Sanna Wani (Anansi 2022)Arborophobia, Nancy Holmes (UniversityContinue reading “The Pitfalls and Pleasures of Summer Reading. books reviewed by Gordon Phinn”

2 poems by Gordon Phinn

Unrelenting Word sentence stanza, Metaphor a portal To image and after, the form taking shape Despite incessant shifting, the delightfully imprecise Shaking free of perception, The writer being written Out of the narrative As the hat is fitted On the outgoing head, The rain unrelenting. Unrecorded Putting pen to paper Precisely as your prior ParticipantsContinue reading “2 poems by Gordon Phinn”

2 poems for Ukraine. by Gordon Phinn

The Family Man Wars come and go As do the politicos Who sell them to the public Under pressure from the generals And the bankers beneath them. You keep your sons clear, Steer your daughters to safety As the budgets for destruction Outstrip all their critics. You Learn that life unfolds According to some patternContinue reading “2 poems for Ukraine. by Gordon Phinn”

Springing into Something Else. a review of books by Gordon Phinn

Springing into Something Else Books Under Consideration: Beautiful World, Where Are You; Sally Rooney, (Knopf Canada2021)Orwell’s Roses, Rebecca Solnit (Viking, 2021)Nothing Could be Farther from The Truth, Christopher Evans (Anansi, 2022)Vagabond, Ceilidh Michelle, (Douglas & McIntyre, 2021)Apart, a Year of Pandemic Poetry and Prose, Courtney Bates-Hardy & Dave Margoches, eds, (Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild 2021) SomeContinue reading “Springing into Something Else. a review of books by Gordon Phinn”

Wintering Over. Books Reviewed by Gordon Phinn

Books Referenced: Leonard Cohen: Untold Stories, from this broken hill, Vol.2Michael Posner ed.  (Simon & Shuster 2021)Flower Diary, Molly Peacock (ECW 2021))Imagined Truths: myths from a draft-dodging poet, Richard Lemm (Tidewater Press 2021)We, Jane, Aimee Wall  (Book*Hug Press 2021)Danger Flower, Jaclyn Desforges (Palimpsest Press 2021)        With From This Broken Hill, editor and compilerContinue reading “Wintering Over. Books Reviewed by Gordon Phinn”

Letter from the Editor. Darcie Friesen Hossack with guest, Gordon Phinn

Since Solstice, here in the North, we’ve gained a few precious minutes of daily light. Some days it’s hard to tell. It’s colder now, so the warmth of the sun can feel far away. And yet, as certain as the earth’s path through the solar system, the light is returning. This issue, we are thankfulContinue reading “Letter from the Editor. Darcie Friesen Hossack with guest, Gordon Phinn”

Leonard Cohen and Robert Fulford. An Essay by Gordon Phinn

Leonard Cohen and Robert Fulford Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years by Michael Posner (Simon&Shuster, 2020) Matters Of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen  by Eric Lerner (DaCapo Press 2018) Leonard Cohen: A Woodcut Biography by George A. Walker (Firefly Books 2020) A Life In Paragraphs: Essays by Robert Fulford (Optimum PublishingContinue reading “Leonard Cohen and Robert Fulford. An Essay by Gordon Phinn”

Two book-related essays. By Gordon Phinn

Two book-related essays by Gordon Phinn from his recently published book It’s All About Me: How Criticism Mirrors The Self BOOK: Another Day Of Life by Ryszard Kapuskinski The day I began to compose myself in order to write this review, the author’s introduction reminded me that the war in Angola has been grinding onContinue reading “Two book-related essays. By Gordon Phinn”