Coasting Through Winter. a review of books by Gordon Phinn

Coasting Through Winter Works Referenced: This Is Assisted Dying, Stephanie Green (Scribner 2022)The Philosophy of Modern Song, Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster 2022)Gangsters of Capitalism, Jonathan M. Katz (St. Martin’s Press 2021)They Knew, Sarah Kendzior (Flatiron Books 2022)Untold Stories: How The Light Gets In, Michael Posner (Simon & Schuster 2022)The Animals, Cary Fagan (Book*Hug 2022)AContinue reading “Coasting Through Winter. a review of books by Gordon Phinn”

Book Basking in Autumn. a review of books by Gordon Phinn

                               Book Basking in Autumn Books Referenced: Dirtbag, Massachusetts, Isaac Fitzgerald (Bloomsbury 2022)All Of This, Rebecca Woolf (Harper One 2022)Elizabeth Finch, Julian Barnes (Random House 2022)The Razor’s Edge, Karl Jirgens (The Porcupine’s Quill 2022)A Minor Chorus, Billy-Ray Belcourt (Hamish Hamilton 2022)We Are Still Here, Nahid Shahalimi, ed. (Penguin 2021)Until Further Notice, Amy Kaler (U. ofContinue reading “Book Basking in Autumn. a review of books by Gordon Phinn”

Open Wounds. a poem by Gordon Phinn

Open Wounds In the seemingly endless centuries Of conflict and connived resolution Where races strived mightily To eliminate whatever Other Seemed to stand in their way, The wounded heart of humanity Bled and never healed. Tribes, Sometimes tricked, sometimes swallowed, Trickled into nations, only to discover A more devious destiny daily unfolding. Both conquerors andContinue reading “Open Wounds. a poem by Gordon Phinn”

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”