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Teaser Tuesday: Iron-on Constellations

By Tightrope Books | November 25th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

This weeks Teaser Tuesday comes from Iron-on Constellations by author Emily Pohl-Weary.

Iron-on Constellations
defiantly explores the beauty and complexity of the everyday.

Through short, confident bursts that act like graffiti on an alley wall, award-winning author Emily Pohl-Weary’s poems reveal hidden layers of emotion and political motivation.

She sifts through the surface dirt, grime and debris of the city to reveal the isolation, illness, love and sexuality lurking beneath.

Iron-on Constellations can be purchased from Amazon.com, or your favorite book store.



Come speak to me professionally.
I know it’s your job.

Your smile is charming,
it keeps me distracted.
After you leave, I scream, “Take me.”
Take my blood.

It’s not person.
I fall in love with movie stars.
Everyone loves a hero for a week.
Years later, I’ll laugh at the curve of an eyebrow,
the way you did that exam in semi-darkness.

Today, I soften reality.
Sure you can feel my abdomen,
I stay sane this way.

Tomorrow, you will become
a blond memory o hospital.
Confusion, and pain.

Rambling from a heart
that somehow, amazingly,
pumps me through today.

Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: Bone Dream by Moira MacDougall

By Tightrope Books | November 17th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Welcome back for another installment of Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give readers a brief look into one of our new or forthcoming titles. This week’s teaser comes from
Bone Dream, a collection of poetry by Moira MacDougall.

This is poetry that maps a woman’s body as a partner to her life experience.

The poems in Bone Dream are darkly sensuous, capturing the unspoken moments of life through images firmly grounded in the body and the material world. Relationships, family and death are explored at times through the medium of a dancer’s body, and at other times through the everyday artefacts we find around us. These poems move, disturb and bring us to realization.

Order Bone Dream online at http://tightropebooks.com/order-online/ or find it at your favourite bookstore.

Please enjoy “Hope” by Moira MacDougall.


Hope was the vanished skin of the study door
that closed on Saturday nights as dad rehearsed
his Sunday sermon. I curled into her sturdy grain
fingertips absorbing the reverberations of his voice:
draped in his long black robe, arms beating
like a crow spotting road kill, words splattering:
resurrection, redemption, predestination, renunciation.
What they meant I didn’t know but 300 people would sit
quiet as gulls on the beach, faces held by the wind, tuned
to the soar and sharp pitch of his voice . . . . Watching
his spit fall on the page I hoped he’d pause to hear
my small recitation of his incantations, that he might
love me as much as he loved his god.

Belated Teaser Tuesday!

By Tightrope Books | November 12th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Welcome to a new edition of Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give our readers the briefest of glances – teases, if you will – into our new, forthcoming, and backlist titles. Today’s Teaser is from The Best Canadian Essays 2009 Edited by Alex Boyd and Carmine Starnino.

Compiled from dozens of Canadian magazines by two award winning authors, this collection of essays covers a diverse range of topics by Canadian writers. By turns these essays move and excite the reader and help shape Canadian cultural consciousness.

The Best Canadian Essays is available now from Tightrope Books. It will formally launch on November 26th, at Revival, 783 College Street 7-11 PM.

Here is a little teaser from the essay The New Face of Porn by Allison Lee, originally published in This Magazine:

I’ve looked critically at sex, society, and porn for years now, and I still maintain that sex is an amazingly telling lens through which to view the world. This continues today, with my work as manager of Good for Her, a feminist sex store in Toronto, where I also organize the Feminist Porn Awards, which honour the hardworking feminists who are revolutionizing the porn industry. If the very idea of someone who cut her teeth on anti-porn theory now handing out butt-plug shaped trophies to pornographers doesn’t make Andrea Dworkin spin in her grave, I don’t know what would.

Today, one only has to turn on the TV, walk down the street, or type “free porn” into their web browser to see how unsuccessful the anti-porn movement was. Where anti-porn feminists of the past condemned the entire industry—often with valid reasons—their dogmatic view failed to take into account that sexual imagery can be positive, and that porn is sometimes created by people acting of their free will, who feel good about what they do and who hold pleasure in high esteem.

Now there is porn for everyone. Literally. There are websites that have audio recordings describing pornographic websites for blind people (pornfortheblind.org), porn full of saucy deaf people getting it on and using sign language to express their desires (deafbunny.com), and sites that cater to everything from our fear and fascination with Middle Eastern and Muslim women (arabstreethookers.com) to snot fetishes (seriously: see snotgirls.com if you dare). There is now porn about pretty much anything that a person could ever think of in a sexy way—and plenty that most of us would never find erotic, either. And, of course, there is pornography made specifically for women, who, according to a recent survey by Internet Filter Review, visit adult websites at a rate of one for every two men. Looking back to the time when feminists viewed pornography as an instruction manual for the degradation of women, the biggest irony may be that sexually empowered feminist women have gone from being critics of pornography to being major consumers of it. Pornography, like sex itself, is fraught with complexity and contradiction, but the failure of anti-porn feminism was ultimately positive. Out of its ashes came a new culture of porn that is serious and steadfast in its dedication to pleasure and politics.

Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: Somewhere to Run From, by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

By Tightrope Books | August 4th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Introducing Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give our readers the briefest of glimpses – teases, if you will – into our new, backlist, and forthcoming books. This week’s Teaser comes from Somewhere to Run From, a collection of poems by Toronto author Tara-Michelle Ziniuk. Challenging the notions of what a girl runs from, both literally and figuratively, Somewhere to Run From takes on complex settings from which to depart: poverty, pop and sub-culture, madness and normative sexuality among these locations.

Somewhere to Run From is available for purchase at your favourite indie bookstore, online at Amazon, or through our Orders page.

Enjoy “It Must Be Stopped” by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk.

My mother calls every year on World AIDS Day
because I am “into that.”

She calls every year on Pride
and asks, “Isn’t it World AIDS day today, or something?”

One Chanukah she commits a cardinal gift-buying sin,
and gets me Clothes with Words on Them.

The clothes are pyjamas, printed 100 times all over the long pants and sleeves:
“Housework is Evil, It Must Be Stopped.”


“What! It’s like a protest. You like protests.”

Ladies and gentlemen: my mother.