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Chapbook Review — PSL: Poetry is Our Second Language

PSL: Poetry is Our Second Language

Chapbook, 15 Workshop Participants, 25 pgs, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts + Culture, kapisanancentre.com, $5

Formatted as a five-week workshop, the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts + Culture led 15 young poets through the fundamentals of traditional and contemporary Filipino poetry. The result — “PSL: Poetry is Our Second Language” — is a little collection worth reading, filled with the work of 15 different writers in both English and Filipino.The zine is divided into chronological thirds — each section dedicated to a different form. The brief, metered Tanaga begins, followed by the dual-authored Balagtasan (a kind of formal debate), and concluded with a free-verse section simply titled “Spoken Word.” These poems touch on a variety of subjects, but one recurring issue seems to be the neocolonial use of language, which makes up the bulk of the Balagtasan debates, along with the contemporary teenage experience in Canada as a Filipino immigrant.

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Read and Distribute: Chapter 2

Read and Distribute is back with an all-new episode! This week, Read and Distribute is sharing an interview from Colombian artist Marco Noreña, podcasting tips from Katie Jensen, and monsters!

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Guide to Canzine TO and the Zine Awards

What is Canzine?

Canzine is a festival of zines and underground culture. This year, Broken Pencil Magazine is hosting the festival in four different cities: Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.

Is there an entry fee?

No! Admission to all Canzines is free! You’ll also get a free copy of Broken Pencil‘s upcoming fall issue.

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Fiction: Undress

Illustration by Vesna Asanovic

By Jennie Hunter

1. Clothes On

When his picture popped up on my phone, I’d clicked yes. I’d thought: ToyboyJay has a face I can work with. Now I think: you really know how to work a camera angle. From above, chin pointed down, his nose doesn’t look so long. Standing slightly beneath him, it looks like a lumpy potato.“You looked taller,” he says. But we go in.

“You looked taller,” he says. But we go in anyway. Pictures just get you to the restaurant.

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Chapbook Review: Pioneer 10, I Hear You

Pioneer 10, I Hear You

Chapbook, Donna Kane, 18 pgs, Jack Pine Press, jackpinepress.com, $30

Jack Pine typically produces uniquely-covered chapbooks, and they, Donna Kane, and designers kit fast and mary mottishaw have raised the bar with this one. Pioneer 10, I Hear You is coated in the gold foil of a Space brand emergency blanket, and there’s an attached bookmark that’s made from the film of a cassette of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.

True to its title, this poetry collection is a love letter to the Pioneer 10 space probe, launched in 1972, now unreachable, and hurtling out of our solar system. It’s clear Kane is experiencing kinship with the probe on some level: “I could have been a dancer, a stunt double, / and you, Pioneer 10, a pop can, a pie plate.”

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Comic Review: Morton

Morton: A Cross-Country Rail Journey

David Collier, 160 pgs, Conundrum Press, conundrumpress.com, $20

Shaken by the unexpected death of his grandmother, cartoonist David Collier decides to pack up for a month-long train trip across Canada with his partner, Jen, and his young son, James—and to sketch everything that happens along the way.

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