In/Words launches poetry anthology

In/Words, a Carleton magazine and press, launched a poetry anthology of millennial writers on March 23 as part of Versefest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival. The anthology, called 30 Under 30, highlights the work of 30 young Canadian poets from across the country. It was produced by the In/Words editing team and curated by poet a. m. kozak, an editor with In/Words and a Carleton master’s student in social work. kozak said he first came up with the idea for the anthology nine months ago. He said there are many barriers for young writers in Canada, both financial barriers and societal ones. “I think that people under 30, millennials if you want to call them that, kind of get a bad […]

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Review: Sarah MacDonell’s The Lithium Body

In/Words magazine and press, Carleton’s in-house small press literary journal, has recently released a “lithium body” into the world. The Lithium Body is a poetry chapbook by Sarah MacDonell, who is currently settled in Ottawa. MacDonell’s words have found a home in the Ottawa poetry scene, having appeared in Sawdust, a local reading series, Ottawater, Ottawa’s annual poetry PDF journal, and ByWords, a local poetry magazine. Her new chapbook, The Lithium Body, is a long form poem that comes alive from the multiple potential interpretations of the concept of lithium. It was launched at this month’s In/Words reading evening. Part science and part heart, The Lithium Body switches back and forth between the narrator’s scientific and intimate relationships with the […]

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Review: In/Words Anonymous

Poetry is always a complex thing to review, often being harder to judge than other forms of writing. With novels and short stories, the reader can judge them based on how well they fit genre conventions, or whether they brilliantly subverted tropes. But what makes a good poem is far more personal than that, especially due to the rapid growth in the genre over the last century. The fact that poetry is so personal is something that’s always appealed to me, but does make it rather hard to review sometimes. In/Words latest issue is completely anonymous, adding another layer of poetic complexity to the writing and reader’s experience. Normally when I sit down with a collection of poetry, it’s either […]

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Review: In/Words Anonymous

Poetry is always a complex thing to review, often being harder to judge than other forms of writing. With novels and short stories, the reader can judge them based on how well they fit genre conventions, or whether they brilliantly subverted tropes. But what makes a good poem is far more personal than that, especially due to the rapid growth in the genre over the last century. The fact that poetry is so personal is something that’s always appealed to me, but it does make it rather hard to review sometimes. In/Words latest issue is completely anonymous, adding another layer of poetic complexity to the writing and reader’s experience. Normally when I sit down with a collection of poetry, it’s either a recent publication or a […]

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In/Words releases anonymous poetry issue

What would you put out into the world if no one knew it were you? The most recent issue of In/Words, Carleton’s in-house small press literary magazine, had people asking themselves this question. The anonymous issue takes submissions of poetry that were submitted to the In/Words website betwen October and November. Submissions do not have to be from Carleton students, or even the greater Ottawa community. The front cover shows a graphic of all the submissions inextricably layered together. Doug Dumais, co-editor of In/Words, said the experimentation with the poems submitted was notable in this issue. “I was expecting to see more of topics you wouldn’t see spoken so openly, but it was great to see that people experimented not […]

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