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B-rain Folklore by Anla Courtis — review by Mark McCawley

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B-rain Folklore

by Anla Courtis

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
B-rain Folklore-coverArtist: Anla Courtis
Album: B-rain Folklore
Country: Tokyo, Japan
Genre: Experimental, Classical, Folk, World
Label: Yogoh Record
Release date: 21 Jan 2015

 
 
The very best experimental music should take the listener on an entirely new sonic journey with each new hearing and withstand repeated listening. Anla Courtis achieves both with the ten tracks which make up his 2015 release, B-rain Folklore. Virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, Courtis performs all the instruments on B-rain Folklore — guitars, toba and homemade violin, erkencho (folk clarinet hornpipe), marimbas, mouth harp, flutes, plastic trumpets, flugelhorn, bombo legüero (drum), caja chayera, sikus (panpipes), bells, tapes, toy guitar, bau, objects & processing.
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The Other 23 & a Half Hours by Catherine Owen — review by Mark McCawley

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The Other 23 & a Half Hours

by Catherine Owen

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
Other_23_CoverThe Other 23 & a Half Hours:
Or Everything You Wanted to Know
that Your M.F.A. Didn’t Teach You
by Catherine Owen
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. (May 20 2015)
ISBN-10: 1928088007
ISBN-13: 978-1928088004
$13.54 US pbk | $20.00 CDN pbk | £12.82 UK pbk
200 pages, 5.75″ x 8.5″, Criticism

 
 
Catherine Owen’s The Other 23 & a Half Hours is not a “how-to” write book. It is not an instruction manual. It is not a teaching text. It makes no promises and proffers no guarantees. What it does do, though, is combine Owen’s own personal experiences as a poet with the experiences, practices, and expertise of fifty-eight Canadian poets (and a host of other American and international writers) interviewed over the course of several years.
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The Rose in Winter by Tanya Kern — review by Mark McCawley

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The Rose in Winter

by Tanya Kern

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
The Rose In Winter Tanya KernThe Rose in Winter
by Tanya Kern
Ekstasis Editions (June 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 189743071X
ISBN-13: 978-1897430712
$21.95 US pbk | $21.95 CDN pbk | £29.83 UK pbk
62 pages, 6″ x 9″, Poetry

 
 
“First feelings. Here, on the page, I sing
not knowing if my heart is weeping.”

~Tanya Kern, “Cat Companion”, p.19 Read more

Movie Logic: Poems by Erik La Prade — review by Mark McCawley

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Movie Logic: Poems

by Erik La Prade

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
Movie Logic PoemsMovie Logic: Poems
by Erik La Prade
Poets Wear Prada (February 7, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0615761232
ISBN-13: 978-0615761237
$12.00 US pbk | $12.53 CDN pbk | £7.55 UK pbk
36 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, Poetry

 
 
In Erik La Prade’s most recent collection, Movie Logic: Poems, Alan Kaufman, editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry succinctly surmises that La Prade continues “his cinematic verse celebration of urbanity and human tenderness, showing us life freeze-framed into mise-en-scènes of hilarity and heartbreak…”

Published by Poets Wear Prada, also known as PWP Books — a small press based in Hoboken, New Jersey, founded by Roxanne Hoffman, and devoted to introducing new authors through limited edition, high-quality chapbooks — Movie Logic: Poems is La Prade’s second chapbook with Poets Wear Prada, the first being SWATCHES in 2008.
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Remote Life by Edward Anki — review by Mark McCawley

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Remote Life

by Edward Anki

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 

Remote Life by Edward Anki​Remote Life
by Edward Anki
BareBackPress, (November 24, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1926449029
ISBN-13: 978-1926449029
$8.00 US pbk | $10.06 CDN pbk | £4.97 UK pbk
46 pages, 5.25″ x 8″, Poetry

 
 
Remote Life is Edward Anki’s debut poetry collection, published by Hamilton-based independent publisher, BareBackPress, whose aim to publish “writers who aren’t afraid to take off their gloves and bare themselves, giving the world honesty. Truth we may not like, but are forced to accept…providing readers with an entertaining emotional elevator ride.” Read more