Books Reviewed. By Gordon Phinn

Books Referenced: The Dig, John Preston (Penguin2007/21) My Salinger Year, Joanna Rakoff (Knopf 2014) On Opium, Carlyn Zwarenstein (Goose Lane 2021) Bread and Water, dee Hobsbawn-Smith (University of Regina Press 2021) Books Wars, John B. Thompson (Polity Press 2021) Everything and Less, Mark McGurl (Verso 2021) The Collected Poetry of Carol Shields, ed. Nora FosterContinue reading “Books Reviewed. By Gordon Phinn”

Book Reviews by Gordon Phinn

In a recent New Yorker I discovered, much to my amusement, the unvarnished truth about the book-summarizing service Blinkist, whose users care not to lumber through such tomes as Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, Michelle Obama’s Becoming or Ghislaine Maxwell’s 500-page deposition for her upcoming trial. Fans recounted the huge benefits of gulping down textsContinue reading “Book Reviews by Gordon Phinn”

A Review of Books. By Gordon Phinn

Books Reviewed: Glorious Birds, Heidi Greco (Anvil Press)Freedom, Sebastian Junger (Harper Collins)Letters in a Bruised Cosmos, Liz Howard (McClelland&Stewart)Postcolonial Love Poem, Natalie Diaz (Graywolf Press)Conjure, Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press)Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, Anne Carson (New Directions) * I am always pleased to see small presses venture out of their established playground and Vancouver’sContinue reading “A Review of Books. By Gordon Phinn”

Home. A poem by Gordon Phinn

Home Sipping on cold ales As supper succumbs To it own sense of perfection While Paul O’Dette plucks the Magic of John Dowland In this candlelight where Centuries wither into seconds, We imbibe the soft trance of Smiling in your own home, Hearing ourselves whisper The thanks that are due. Gordon Phinn has been writingContinue reading “Home. A poem by Gordon Phinn”

Summer 2021 Reading Highlights. Gordon Phinn

Books reviewed and referenced Polly Sampson, A Theatre For Dreamers (Harper Collins)Margaret Lawrence,  Short Non-Fiction (Nora Foster Stovel, ed)  (McGill/Queens)Clinton Heylin, The Double Life Of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling, 1941-1966 (Little, Brown)Salman Rushdie, Languages Of Truth  (Knopf)Bardia Sinaee, Intruder (Anansi)Stephen Roxborough, I Feel You Doughnut Pain (Optimistic Press)Stephen Heighton, Selected Poems, 1983-2020 (Anansi)SusanContinue reading “Summer 2021 Reading Highlights. Gordon Phinn”