― JD, Mi
Issue 45 Editorial
Fiction Editor — Lauren Chang
Poetry Editor — Taylor Brown
Reviews Editor — Jade Wallace
Graphics + Website — Obscure Design
2020/21 Editorial Staff
Copyright © 2021 by the contributors. All rights reserved.
Elise Holding a Deer Mouse, 1829
Mother Sings a Song
Just Like Her
NATASHA KESLER + ADAM DAY
CAROL HARVEY STESKI
Jan and Dean
CHAIN: Response Poetry Project
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ALL ABOUT?
Poems are often in conversation with other poems — from those that recreate or re-envision long-standing formal conventions, to those written “after” or “inspired by” poems that came before them. Here at CAROUSEL, we want to experiment with this tradition in a deliberate way, on a large scale, over time. We therefore bring you CHAIN, an ongoing, global series of response poems — each connected to the one that came before it but also different enough to stand on its own and lead somewhere new. It starts with one poem — one link in the chain — and it gets built, link by link, indefinitely …
INSPIRED … WANT TO SUBMIT?
If you want to be the next link in this poetic chain, send us one poem that creatively responds to Tompkin’s Hibernate, Sweet Ghostess by Apr 30, 2021 — visit our Submittable for guidelines
ELEE KRALJII GARDINER
Last autumn we debuted our USEREVIEW section of CAROUSEL and began consistently publishing reviews for the first time in our magazine’s history. We started by posting two reviews per month on our blog — one experimental and one traditional — but we soon found that even this robust schedule was not enough to accommodate the many books that merit attention. Beginning in 2021, we switched to a weekly schedule, with a new review going up on our blog every Wednesday, a phenomenon we’ve christened with the catchy name USEREVIEWEDNESDAY.
Since January 2021, we’ve already published 20 reviews, here collected conveniently as part of our spring issue. These include full-length traditional and experimental reviews by guest reviewers, as well as short-form ‘capsule’ reviews. A recent addition to our USEREVIEW column, capsules are short reviews, written by CAROUSEL staff, of books we have received as review copies from generous publishers. Some capsules highlight books that have never before been reviewed in CAROUSEL, while others offer a second take on books that have already been written about in-depth by the freelance reviewers who work with us.
No matter what form they take — traditional, experimental, or capsule — all of these reviews offer thoughtful, playful, sui generis engagements with contemporary books of poetry and fiction.
Tiny Ruins of Reality
A traditional review of Nicole Haldoupis’ flash fiction novella Tiny Ruins (Radiant Press, 2020)
USEREVIEW 014: (Capsule)
Reviewing Nicole Haldoupis‘ flash fiction novella, Tiny Ruins (Radiant Press, 2020)
USEREVIEW 015: Capsule
Reviewing Faye Guenther‘s short fiction collection Swimmers in Winter (Invisible Publishing, 2020)
JESSICA BROMLEY BARTRAM
An Echo of Crows
A striking, illustrated experimental review of Karen McBride’s novel Crow Winter (HarperCollins Canada, 2019)
USEREVIEW 017: Capsule
Reviewing David Ly‘s poetry collection Mythical Man (Palimpsest Press, 2020)
Dwelling in the Organic
A traditional review of Sacha Archer’s visual poetry collection Mother’s Milk (Timglaset Editions, 2020)
Playing with the Universe
A traditional review of Cornelia Hoogland and Ted Goodden’s ekphrastic poetry / art collaboration Cosmic Bowling (Guernica Editions, 2020)
USEREVIEW 020: Capsule
KLARA du PLESSIS
A sweeping, experimental, essay-review of 4 books of poetry
Between the Body and the Mind
A traditional review of Emily Skov-Nielsen’s debut poetry collection The Knowing Animals (Brick Books, 2020)
USEREVIEW 023: Capsule
Reviewing Emily Skov-Nielsen‘s poetry collection The Knowing Animals (Brick Books, 2020)
USEREVIEW 024: Capsule
Reviewing Lauren Turner‘s poetry collection The Only Card in a Deck of Knives (Wolsak & Wynn, 2020).
An experimentally traditional review of Ken Babstock‘s poetry collection Swivel Mount (Coach House Books, 2020)
USEREVIEW 026: Capsule
Reviewing Rasiqra Revulva’s poetry collection Cephalopography 2.0 (Wolsak & Wynn, 2020)
Women Talking Absinthe
An experimental, interview-style review of Katherine E. Young‘s poetry collection Woman Drinking Absinthe (Alan Squire Publishing, 2021).
Published semi-annually. We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Central Students’ Association and the students of the University of Guelph.
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