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Catholicism Can Be Sexy: Finding Poetry In the Pews

It was the Church that taught me first about the body.

Working, Thinking

How to Bend Language to Your Will (in Eight Easy Steps)

‘What’s in a name?’ Voldemort might ask. ‘A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.’ But would it? Would a Blose™, with a smell to ‘blow...

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Stories and Poems:

Why Frogs Puff Up Their Throats

"I mean I didn’t mean to kill the guy." — Oliver Mestitz


On the Radar...

The Night’s Insomnia ‘When the angels are panting and scratching the door to come in …’  Leonard Cohen, 2012 If the night is long, and there can be no...

On Writing:

Why Do You Write Poetry? - alicia sometimes

Adam Ford tracks down poets and asks them the most difficult of questions: ‘Why do you write poetry?’

PRISM International: Al Purdy Versus Earle Birney (Letter Excerpts)

Once a month we're swapping articles with Canadian literary magazine PRISM to share our writers with a wider audience.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Christine by Stephen King

In Christine, a small Gollum-style man gets obsessed with a car that soon ends up supernaturally desirable.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The rejection of the upper classes is perhaps the primary theme of Gilmore Girls, next to the enduring love story that is Lorelei and Rory.