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MARK LALIBERTE
Managing Editor

Issue 45 Editorial


Fiction Editor — Lauren Chang
Poetry Editor — Taylor Brown
Reviews Editor — Jade Wallace
Graphics + Website — Obscure Design

2020/21 Editorial Staff
Grace Bilger
Susane Dang
Gabriella Dritsas
Elisabeth Finkelzon
Eileen Hack
Samuel Peacock
Sarah Peters
Jessica Poole
Eva Zheng


Copyright © 2021 by the contributors. All rights reserved.


FEATURED ARTIST


FICTION

THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI
Lampblack

ISABELLE TEO
Just Like Her


POETRY

COURTNEY BATES-HARDY
Malleus Maleficarum

GREGORY BETTS
FOUNDlings

KATE CAYLEY
2 Poems

NATASHA KESLER + ADAM DAY
2 Poems

ANNICK MACASKILL
Weeping Rock

JESSI MACEACHERN
2 Poems

MICKEY MAHAN
3 Poems

CAROL HARVEY STESKI
Oyster Night

BRONWEN TATE
2 Poems

CARL WATTS
Jan and Dean


CHAIN: Response Poetry Project
Poems 5–8

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 …

JEREMY COLANGELO
(Canada)
Chain 5

NATALIE WILKINSON
(USA)
Chain 6

GRAEME BEZANSON
(France)
Chain 7

CHRIS TOMPKINS
(Canada)
Chain 8

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


COMICS

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CONVERSATIONS

ELEE KRALJII GARDINER
interviews
Haruna Solomon


USEREVIEW: 013–028

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.

CONYER CLAYTON
USEREVIEW 013:
Tiny Ruins of Reality

A traditional review of Nicole Haldoupis’ flash fiction novella Tiny Ruins (Radiant Press, 2020)

JADE WALLACE
USEREVIEW 014: (Capsule)

Reviewing Nicole Haldoupis‘ flash fiction novella, Tiny Ruins (Radiant Press, 2020)

JADE WALLACE
USEREVIEW 015: Capsule

Reviewing Faye Guenther‘s short fiction collection Swimmers in Winter (Invisible Publishing, 2020)

JESSICA BROMLEY BARTRAM
USEREVIEW 016:
An Echo of Crows

A striking, illustrated experimental review of Karen McBride’s novel Crow Winter (HarperCollins Canada, 2019)

JADE WALLACE
USEREVIEW 017: Capsule

Reviewing David Ly‘s poetry collection Mythical Man (Palimpsest Press, 2020)

MARK LALIBERTE
USEREVIEW 018:
Dwelling in the Organic

A traditional review of Sacha Archer’s visual poetry collection Mother’s Milk (Timglaset Editions, 2020)

JULIE McISAAC
USEREVIEW 019:
Playing with the Universe

A traditional review of Cornelia Hoogland and Ted Goodden’s ekphrastic poetry / art collaboration Cosmic Bowling (Guernica Editions, 2020)

JADE WALLACE
USEREVIEW 020: Capsule

Reviewing Cornelia Hoogland and Ted Goodden‘s ekphrastic poetry / art collaboration Cosmic Bowling (Guernica Editions, 2020)

KLARA du PLESSIS
USEREVIEW 021:
Grammar Poetics

A sweeping, experimental, essay-review of 4 books of poetry

MELANIE POWER
USEREVIEW 022:
Between the Body and the Mind

A traditional review of Emily Skov-Nielsen’s debut poetry collection The Knowing Animals (Brick Books, 2020)

JADE WALLACE
USEREVIEW 023: Capsule

Reviewing Emily Skov-Nielsen‘s poetry collection The Knowing Animals (Brick Books, 2020)

JADE WALLACE
USEREVIEW 024: Capsule

Reviewing Lauren Turner‘s poetry collection The Only Card in a Deck of Knives (Wolsak & Wynn, 2020).

KARL JIRGENS
USEREVIEW 025:
Swivel Sights

An experimentally traditional review of Ken Babstock‘s poetry collection Swivel Mount (Coach House Books, 2020)

JADE WALLACE
USEREVIEW 026: Capsule

Reviewing Rasiqra Revulva’s poetry collection Cephalopography 2.0 (Wolsak & Wynn, 2020)

LANNIE STABILE
USEREVIEW 027:
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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