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Best Canadian Poetry Reviewed by Rover Arts!

By Tightrope Books | December 28th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Visit Rover Arts to read Maxianne Berger’s thoughtful review of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010: Art That Responds to the Anxiety of Living.

Globe and Mail Delivers a Mad Review

By Tightrope Books | September 15th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

It has been my pleasure to blog about so many great book reviews today, and G and M book reviewer, Edward Brown, was one person who made that happiness possible. Nathaniel G. Moore was clearly the other, since he wrote the darned thing.

Amongst the outrageous-yet-deserved claims that Moore and his novel, Wrong Bar, are the next comings of gonzo journalism, stream-of-conscious irony, and are unprecedented “works” in contemporary Canadian literature, he also claims that:

“Wrong Bar defies categorization. Part first-person narration, part hallucinatory observation, the story progresses through several devices, including the use of text messages, a film script, news clippings, transcripts from police reports and a couple of (simplistic) illustrations.”

This collage of writing styles and information have proven successful for Moore, as his book was recently shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Best Novel.

Here is the article, which I hope you’ll find as enjoyable as I did:

If you order a copy of Wrong Bar during the month of September via Tightropebooks.com, you can recieve a year’s subscription to Broken Pencil Magazine and a Broken Pencil Tshirt! The link takes to the title’s catalogue page:


Moore will be touring at the (im)possible pace of 3 readings in 4 nights, the information for which is below:

Thursday, September 23rd at time TBA
LiveWords Reading Series
Black Swan Restaurant, 154 Danforth Ave.

Fellow readers are:
Elisabeth De Mariaffi
Jacob Scheier

Saturday, September 25th at 1PM
Culture Day Tightrope Bonanza
Tightrope Books office, 602 Markham St.

Fellow readers are:
Ian Burgham, The Grammar of Distance
David Livingstone Clink, Monster
Sandra Kasturi, The Animal Bridegroom
Jim Nason, The Girl on the Escalator
Myna Wallin, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar
Heather Wood, Fortune Cookie

Sunday, September 26th at time TBA
Pilot Reading Series
The Sparrow, 5322 St. Laurent Blvd (subject to change*)
*Nathaniel believes this series is put on by the children of Matrix Magazine but is never really sure. “If you Google Montreal Pilot Nathaniel G. Moore September 26 that weekend you might be in luck,” says Nathaniel.

Albert B. Casuga Reviews Tightrope’s New Poetry Books

By Tightrope Books | June 15th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

On Albert Casuga’s blog Ambit’s Gambit, he has committed to reviewing four of Tightrope’s latest poetry publications:

The Best Canadian Poetry 2009 edited by A.F. Moritz
Sue Bowness’ The Days You’ve Spent
Ian Burgham’s The Grammar of Distance
Anna Swanson’s The Nights Also

“My pledge is to review them with the patience and appreciation for this literary art which Whitman, Ginsberg, e.e.cummings, et alia almost killed with their “howling.” Rappers continue to assault the art. I pledge to offer any shield I could muster to stop the onslaught of the neo-barbarians.”

We want to thank Albert Casuga for his commitment to Canadian poetry, and to small publishing presses like Tightrope. Casuga has valiantly undertaken the task of “accepting [his] share of the responsibility of restoring poetry to its place of literary eminence” and the reviews and articles on his blog aim to do just that. Help Albert Casuga revive and restore Canadian poetry!

Thanks for all the support you have shown Tightrope Albert, and look out for his reviews of Tightrope’s Spring titles on his blog.

ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippines-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region’s school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines’ De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.

GULCH Reviewed in Broken Pencil Magazine

By Tightrope Books | May 4th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Steel BananasGULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose received a smashing review in the latest issue of Broken Pencil Magazine:

Steel Bananas art collective has come a long way since it first started handing out bananas at Canzine in late 2008. They’ve moved on to continually put out a monthly online issue, start a reading series, and to complete another feat with this book. With a zine-aesthetic, Gulch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose successfully surprises by making a coherent collection out of 50-plus authored pieces. What an undertaking! This inventive book of fantasy fiction, concrete poetry, photo essays and short fiction is brimming with variety, and if you can get past its off-kilter design (which includes a sometimes-sideways and upside-down layout) you’ll be sure to find something worthwhile. Gulch plays with the idea of collaboration and does it well, with a buffet of new and exciting work from today’s up and coming talent.

The Toronto Quarterly reviews The Best Canadian Poetry 2009

By Tightrope Books | March 31st, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Darryl Salach at The Toronto Quarterly had this to say about The Best Canadian Poetry 2009:

“The idea of an annual Top 50 poems anthology in Canadian poetry was a brilliant one and I salute those at Tightrope and their prestigious guest editor, A.F. Moritz and series editor, Molly Peacock, for publishing a most enjoyable second edition.”

Check out TTQ here.