Issue Number Archives: 39

Review: Armin’s Shorts, by Armin Wiebe

Armin Wiebe, Armin’s Shorts, (Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2015). Paperback, 252 pages, $19.00. At times, Armin’s Shorts is a musical comedy that could make even your “grandmother sit up in her black trough coffin and laugh.” Yet the stories also offer a continuum between “reckless passion” and “matter of fact, practical urgency,” wherein Wiebe reaches deep […]

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Review: Autobiographical Fictions, by Maurice Mierau

Maurice Mierau, Autobiographical Fictions, (Windsor: Palimpsest Press, 2015). Paperback, 80 pages, $18.95. Maurice Mierau’s poetry collection, Autobiographical Fictions, brings together an eclectic sampling of historical and literary figures, artists, and celebrities. Self-described as both poet and “paparazzo,” Mierau draws not only from biographies, but also snippets of letters, interviews, and news articles. His subjects range […]

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Review: Eigenheim, by Joanne Epp

Joanne Epp, Eigenheim, (Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2015). Paperback, 112 pages, $17.00. Joanne Epp’s first full-length collection of poetry is unassuming but evocative. It speaks meaningfully of the notions of home and identity and the way in which they are tied not only to each other but to our memories. The “ache of memory” runs through […]

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Review: Painting Over Sketches of Anatolia, by Leonard Neufeldt

Leonard Neufeldt, Painting Over Sketches of Anatolia, (Winnipeg: Signature Editions, 2015). Paperback, 90 pages, $14.95. Leonard Neufeldt’s seventh book of poetry is a vast collection that weaves together different voices of history. These poems ruminate on how history impacts both our everyday lives and our futures, and the collection as a whole meditates on memory and […]

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Review: Prologue for the Age of Consequence, by Garth Martens

Garth Martens, Prologue for the Age of Consequence, (Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2014). Paperback, 120 pages, $19.95.   A lot has changed since 2006, when former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach explained the state of the Canadian oil industry:

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Review: Cutthroats and Other Poems, by Ted Dyck

Ted Dyck, Cutthroats and Other Poems, (Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2014). Paperback, 92 pages, $17.00. Cutthroats and Other Poems is a deceptive book. Rereleased by Turnstone in 2014, this slim volume of poetry, titled for the cutthroat trout, and much of it dealing with fly fishing in the wild country west of Rocky Mountain House, is […]

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The Sting of Bees

Rhubarb Issue 39 Cover - The Sting of Bees

The first time each of us need a wheel(ed) chair, we are too young to remember it. When I was nineteen, I got Achilles tendonitis for the first time. It lasted months, my doctor telling me, in frustration, just to stop walking and it would get better—whatever you do, don’t do stairs and don’t run; I was obviously a very […]

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In the death resistance

I am not ashamed, have learned not to be, of my body, being different in shape and function: large head and stomach, crooked fingers, thin arms and legs.

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Ghosts on Meds

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Glossolalia

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Gusts of Sublimation

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Ward Notes

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