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Great Onion Man Review from Western News

By Tightrope Books | February 1st, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment



Another fantastic review for Kathryn Mockler’s Onion Man! Western News describes the poetry collection as “stark southwestern Ontario realism in its necessarily rawest form.” Read the review here.


Onion Man is a sparse and intense series of linked poems told from the point of view of an eighteen-year-old girl working for the summer at a corn-canning factory. The poems follow her relationships with her factory job, her boyfriend, her alcoholic mother, her terminally ill grandfather, and the man who every night “peels an onion and eats it as if it were an apple.”



For Those of You Who Like it Rum-Soaked and Raw, Says Salty Ink

By Tightrope Books | September 3rd, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Tightrope Books loves Salty Ink loving Danila Botha. This is me conveying that my love is being paid forward to Salty Ink for their great and exacting review of Danila Botha’s Got No Secrets. Below is an excerpt:

“A quick read, Got No Secrets clearly shows that Botha has a real fire in her belly, and you feel the flames in this debut. I could say the stories lack subtlety, or I could say they roar. I can also say that there are moments of surprisingly original imagery in this book.”

I always associate fires in bellies with my favourite creature comforts and past-times, but Botha’s passion is fuel enough without cookies and whiskey. Salty Ink is also the first review to include Botha’s title reference to Brendan Benson’s song, which is included for yonder listening.

Here’s the link that you need to click on company time!

If you play kick the can in the Halifax area, be sure to check out Danila Botha’s reading event at the Spring Garden Rd. Memorial Public Library on Oct.5, 7PM.

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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.

Best Canadian Essays Review in Q&Q

By Tightrope Books | March 9th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The word “essay” comes from the French verbessayer, which means “to try.” Essays, therefore, should always be considered works in progress. But the 14 pieces in Best Canadian Essays 2009, culled from literary and general-interest magazines as well as online journals, make such equivocation unnecessary. Each essay features highly polished prose that holds the reader’s attention. And though they vary considerably in subject matter and approach, one thing they share is candidness. (Full disclosure: one of the essays is by Q&Q; Books for Young People editor Nathan Whitlock.)

Read the full review here.