Poetry Review: Empathy Eventually

Empathy Eventually

Wesley Dodson, 79 pgs, Post Occupation Press,, $12

When done correctly, giving space to mere notions can be light, yet telling. Unfortunately, Wesley Dodson’s Empathy Eventually seems to be attempting to add depth to every little thought that has come into the poet’s head. Why do his readers need to know that a chair sitting far from a table is odd, or that “the colour of the glass is empty”? If these were recorded to help cultivate a richer image, maybe they would hold a little more weight; instead, entire pages are dedicated to 10-word inconsequential poems that hardly deserve the immortalization the printed word offers; there’s metaphorical, and then there’s just reaching.

To be fair, some of Dodson’s notions cast a romantic light on that insomnia and Ouija board heebie-jeebies you can’t shake. Brought together by a single clever word or twist, these diamonds in the rough spark the expansion of the author’s idea in each reader’s mind. Occasionally told from the point of view of someone pondering simple happenings from the comfort of their home, it is both haunting and refreshing to consider “the profound period of darkness between television ads.” However, I’d prefer to hear about this topic with Hitchcock’s direction, and James Stewart’s cool cameras. (Grace Bueler)

Zine Review: 10 Poems

10 Poems

Chapbook, Christian Bök, 16 pgs, above/ground press,, $4

Christian Bök has become, since the popularity and critical success of his 2001 Eunoia, something of a (divisive) house-hold name in Canadian poetry. It is likely that anyone already familiar with his work has a strong opinion on it, and it is equally likely that 10 Poems will further entrench that opinion, whether it be positive or negative. I happen to really enjoy Eunoia, Bök, and — no surprise — 10 Poems.

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Zine Philosophy: Return to the Night: Starting a Band When You’re Over 35

by Stephanie Johns

Hello from Not You, a four piece rock band from Halifax, NS. This is Stephanie. Here’s my advice about how to start a band when you’re older (over 35, that special time).

First, it helps if you’ve played music before, and feel comfortable on a stage and holding and playing and instrument but I don’t think this is a requirement. What IS a requirement is a mutable tuner. Don’t even mess around on this point.

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Burgomasterpiece Theatre 13

Burgomasterpiece Theatre is the Broken Pencil comics column by artist Patrick Burgomaster. Patrick is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is very handsome and has a great sense of humour. Patrick is a graduate of NSCAD University and teaches drawing and children’s art classes there. 

Calls for Submissions: Last Call for Summer

Call for Submissions: sabotage

A new zine called sabotage is recording tales of resistance in the workplace, “from individual pranks to large-scale employee action.” Some examples include acts of stealing (back) time, money and resources; bungling work; strikes; sleeping on the job — basically, anything that sticks it to the man. All printable media are welcome and submitters will be made anonymous to protect their identities. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2017.

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Zine Review: Not Recommended for You

Not Recommended for You

Zine, Roxanne Hudon, 36 pgs,,, $5

“Carpe Yolo” wraps the zine Not Recommended For You (NRFY) in a sorta snippy fashion, and it makes for a good exclamation for an effort that has much utility. NRFY was published by Montreal-based anti-publisher Ballz Montreal. It’s basically a public service announcement from writer Roxanne Hudon, a movie fan who spent (assumedly) quite a bit of time enduring the less savoury bits of Netflix and writing about them. She writes capsule reviews for various films and television shows, and offers her point of view as to why you should probably avoid them. This zine features big names: Nicolas Cage, Kate Bosworth, Dolph Lundgren. The tone of NRFY is gosh darn direct. Let’s just say Hudon doesn’t care much for any of the films and programs featured, and she’s ready to let the world know. She blends colourful language, sharp words and a few well-placed spoil-ers in her reviews. The common thread: she thinks all this stuff sucks. In 2017, you’d typically find these kinds of words on somebody’s Facebook page or a low-trafficked WordPress blog. Props to Ballz Montreal and Hudon for being true to da hard copy and becoming the zine equivalent of a punk rock Leonard Maltin. (Cam Gordon)