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Dangerous Literature review of Somewhere to Run From

By Tightrope Books | November 18th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Dangerous Literature REVIEW OF SOMEWHERE TO RUN FROM (Tightrope Books, 2009), by TARA-MICHELLE ZINIUK


“With Somewhere to Run From – her sophomore effort – Toronto writer Tara-Michelle Ziniuk produces another undeniably readable, attractive little book of spare, plain-spoken poetry (maybe the nicest-looking volume Tightrope Books has released, to boot). It’s chock full of sarcasm, cleverly slurred confessions, and the broken-bottle-sharp perceptions of a hurt, vulnerable narrator on the other side of some vague and amorphous blues.”

Review of Little Venus in Poets’ Quarterly

By Tightrope Books | October 13th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Kerri Buckley says, “Drysdale should be commended for such brutal and painful honesty. If we read it, we will flinch for her. It took an act of courage to publish her poetry.”

Read the whole review here: http://www.poetsquarterly.com/

Review of Bone Dream in Feminist Review

By Tightrope Books | October 9th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Reviewer Elizabeth Kate Switaj for the Feminist Review calls Bone Dream “a strong meditation on the connection between the usual and the strange, the embodied and the physical. Moira MacDougall has found a distinct way to explore a life in all its strangeness and familiarity.”

Read the full review here: http://feministreview.blogspot.com/2009/10/bone-dream.html

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News About David Clink

By Tightrope Books | August 27th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Here’s a little update on what Tightrope author, David Clink, is up to these days.

Alex Boyd interviews David Clink in Northern Poetry Review here: http://www.northernpoetryreview.com/.

There is a review by Edward Brown of Eating Fruit Out of Season in the current issue of Broken Pencil, issue #44 (available at our office at 602 Markham St).

David also has some exciting upcoming events you’ll want to check out:

  • A one-day poetry workshop with Sandra Kasturi (author of The Animal Bridegroom) on Saturday, September 19 at the Central.
  • An appearance at the Words Alive Literary Festival, Sunday, September 20 at the Sharon Temple in Sharon Ontario.
  • A reading in the Plasticine Poetry Series in December at the Central (on a Sunday, date to be determined).

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Tara-Michelle Ziniuk Reviewed in Eye Weekly

By Tightrope Books | August 27th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk writes unapologetically confessional poetry about breakups and bad vegan food and also dares to take on the nearly extinct (in Canada at least) political poem. Raw and candid is her default setting in Somewhere to Run From (Tightrope Books, 102 pages, $14.95; •••) but her longer and more complex works show that she can work a narrative with insight, as in “Dolphin Poetry” (I had a heart — hard like a horse’s / a pony on a locket / weak teeth / nothing you ever wanted) or in the from-out-of-nowhere Sinatra inspired “Through the Night” (“We’re all getting old / Maybe this is what lube is for. ”)

Read about 2 other great Toronto poets in the rest of the article here: http://www.eyeweekly.com/arts/books/article/70017–there-are-8-million-poets-in-the-naked-city