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Interview with Daniel Scott Tysdal

By Nico | February 17th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Daniel Scott TysdalThe latest issue of The Puritan contains an interview with Tightrope author Daniel Scott Tysdal, conducted by E Martin Nolan, as well as a short story, “The Poem”.

From the interview:

[N]othing’s gained from suddenly realizing, oh this part was made up and this part is true, and you have this big breakthrough. That‟s not it. It‟s about creating these different relationships to the real, whether they were real or not in the first place.

Tsydal’s latest title is The Mourner’s Book of Albums.

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.

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.

A Shout Out To …

By Tightrope Books | April 16th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Albert B. Casuga for discussing The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2009 in his blog!


Albert took the time to write about the Tightrope anthology in his blog, Ambit’s Gambit. As a shout out to him, we’ll take a few moments to take a look into Albert and Ambit’s Gambit. Albert is a Philippine’s-born writer who currently lives in Mississauga. As a retired teacher, Albert writes poetry, fiction, and literary criticisms which he posts on his blog often! He has won awards in Canada, the US, and in the Philippines and he has also worked as a journalist.

Ambit’s Gambit is where you can find some of the poetry and writings of Albert (including what he wrote on The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2009). Throughout posts of his own beautiful and enticing poems, Albert includes rich photos, news and thoughts of current events, literary comments and critiques, and a list of his own books of poetry. This blog is also updated frequently, so become a frequent visitor!

Thanks Albert! Please keep us in mind for some of your future blogging and make sure to check out our spring catalogue at Tightrope Books!

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.