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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The Ghomeshi Effect aims to spotlight sexual assault

Sexual assault is not a popular dinner table conversation. It is often a subject that has a hard time finding its place in any conversation at all. Instances of sexual assault at a distance, such as in the news, often spark the most public discussion. The trial of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, who was found not guilty of four counts of sexual assault, provoked heavy discussion and outrage in Canada. This was the inspiration for The Ghomeshi Effect, a dance-theatre production which opened at the Gladstone Theatre on Jan. 19. The Ghomeshi Effect is the stories of sexual assault victims. In their own words, with their own memories and descriptions, the “script” of The Ghomeshi Effect is a […]

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Best of Arts 2016

2016 has been a year filled with ups and downs, but it’s been an extraordinary year artistically. From finally hearing Frank Ocean’s Blond(e), to the rise of some of the best TV around in the form of Netflix originals like Stranger Things and Marvel’s Luke Cage, there’s been a lot to applaud about this year’s artistic achievements, big and small. Here are some of The Charlatan arts writers’ favourite artistic moments of 2016. Matt Yuyitung – Blackstar by David Bowie I think the first Bowie song I listened to after his death was “Young Americans.” No real reason why, it’s not even my favourite song by him. I guess I didn’t believe he was actually dead at the time. In a year filled with notable musician deaths (Leonard […]

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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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Campus Style Blog: Hiding that Thanksgiving food baby

The Thanksgiving weekend is over, and it’s time to waddle back to class for midterms. Maybe you gorged on a homemade feast, maybe you scarfed a stale pumpkin pie your roommate found on sale, or maybe you’re one of those lucky people who have something called “self-control.” If you’re one of those people, this article is not for you. If you have a big family like me, it’s hard to escape holiday weekends unscathed. It is a battleground of delicious homemade food, and avoiding a fourth dessert takes an advanced level of the “polite decline” that I haven’t been able to master yet. So here we are, walking into class the week after with a food baby that might take […]

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