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Geographies of a Lover by Sarah de Leeuw — review by Mark McCawley

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Geographies of a Lover

 

by Sarah de Leeuw

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

Geographies of a Lover Sarah de LeeuwGeographies of a Lover
by Sarah de Leeuw
Edmonton : NeWest Press, 1 April 2012.
ISBN 978-1-897126-78-3
80 pp, 6 x 9, $14.95 CAN

 

There is no angle the world can assume which the love in my eye cannot make into a symbol of love. Even the precise geometry of his hand, when I gaze at it, dissolves me into water…

—Elizabeth Smart, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, 1945.

 

Geographies of a Lover — a bold, erotic prose poem (in long poem form) composed in eight sections: distance, place, topography, scale, mapping, contour lines, borderlands and north; and within each section, further composed into specific coordinates of latitudes and longitudes denoting specific place — is Prince George, British Columbia writer Sarah de Leeuw’s second book and first poetry collection.
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New 2013 Releases From AltrOck — review by Mark McCawley

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New 2013 Releases From AltrOck

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

hg_guzzle_it_upArtist: Humble Grumble
Album: Guzzle It Up!
Country: Belgium
Sub Genre: Avant Prog, Jazz-Rock/Fusion
Label: AltrOck
Release date: February 27, 2013

Each time I receive a package from AltrOck I am amazed by not just the variety of alternative music offered by this Italian label — from experimental to avant-jazz, Rock In Opposition to contemporary classical and progressive rock — but by the sheer excellence of the musicianship of the bands as well as the musicians themselves. The new 2013 releases from AltrOck (including one co-released with Fading Records) continues this ongoing tradition of filling their catalog with the best artists of contemporary progressive rock, anti-folk, fusion, avant-classical, avant-jazz, and RIO, nodding both to great musical innovators of the past while reaching forward with innovations of their own.

Humble Grumble is a Belgian band who has built an original sound mixing skilfully and effectively a number of genre – rock, jazz, folk, prog. They follow the great tradition of Belgian alternative bands such as X-Legged Sally, Fukkeduk, Think of One. In their unique style one can easily find complex structures, rhythm intricacies together within an expressly melodic vein. With an inexhaustible ironical attitude, one can hear the influence of early Zappa as well as that Captain Beefheart (circa Trout Mask Replica).
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Earthbound by Kenneth Radu — review by Mark McCawley

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Earthbound by Kenneth Radu

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

kennethraduearthboundEarthbound by Kenneth Radu
DC Books, Short Stories, November 2012
ISBN: 978-1-897190-87-6
162 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, $18.95 CAN

Novelist, short story writer, memoirist, poet — Kenneth Radu is a Quebec writer who writes obsessively in English. Author of more than sixteen titles, Radu’s body of work is quickly approaching the exactness and preciseness of a writer reaching his zenith — his short story collection, The Cost of Living was short-listed for a Governor General’s award, and he has twice won the QSPELL Prize for his story collection, A Private Performance and for his novel, Distant Relations.

In Earthbound — his most recent collection of short fiction from DC Books, following his short fiction collection, Sex In Russia: New & Selected Stories, also from DC Books — Radu continues his ongoing exploration of dirty realist narratives, finding the most extraordinary within the seemingly ordinary and banal of settings, which proves there is really no story not worth the telling (especially in the hand of a talented storyteller or fictioneer).
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Guilty of Everything: Herbert Huncke in Amsterdam — review by Mark McCawley

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Guilty of Everything: Herbert Huncke in Amsterdam

 

Reading at Ins & Outs Press

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

Guilty of Everything- Herbert Huncke in Amsterdam“Hunke, whom you’ll see on Times Square, somnolent and alert, sadsweet, dark, beat, just out of jail, martyred, tortured by sidewalks, starved for sex and companionship, open to anything, ready to introduce new worlds with a shrug.”

~ Jack Kerouac, “Now it’s Jazz”, Desolation Angels, Chapter 77.

Hobo, narcotics addict, merchant marine, gay hustler, petty thief, convict, storyteller, writer — Herbert Huncke began living an underground life after dropping out of high school in his sophomore year in Chicago, drawn to the underbelly of city life, and quickly began learning how to support himself as a professional drifter and small time grifter.

An autodidact, and primarily anti-academic, Herbert Huncke, whose lifestyle and easy manner of speaking influenced so many, (eventually famous authors and poets, e.g. Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg) coined the term “beat” to name a generation.
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Mosquitoes & Whisky by Chris Walter — review by Mark McCawley

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Mosquitoes & Whisky by Chris Walter

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

mosquitoes & whisky coverMosquitoes & Whisky
by Chris Walter
GFY Press, 223pp, June 27 2012
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B008XP5XLU
Literary Memoir

Chris Walter is an underground literary diamond in the rough, unapologetic, unpolished, hitherto uncut by the Canadian literary establishment. Laced with booze, sex, drug abuse, poverty, despair, low income labour, violence, deviance, criminality, and dark humour — Mosquitoes & Whisky is both Walter’s first title published by his aptly and sardonically named Gofuckyerself Press, in 2001, as well as his first coming-of-age literary memoir (or his initial “autobiographical punkalogue”).

What shocks the reader even more than the absolute urban desolation of circa 1970s Winnipeg — which acts as a microcosm for any small urban prairie city (Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina) — is the post-sixties conservative zeitgeist that pervades Walter’s memoir. It details the author’s struggles to escape his own liberal parents deteriorating marriage that mirrored so many other children’s parents surrounding them. Mosquitoes & Whisky gives candid snapshots of implied or impending physical, emotional, and verbal violence. One review I came across could not imagine how Walter could possibly become so angry.
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