Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke

For Black History Month, I thought I'd share a Canadian poet whose lush, cadenced verse is like Nova Scotian blues. I'm talking about Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke. I read it studying Can lit with Professor Robert Lecker in my last semester at McGill and we had fascinating discussions in class. Some background: Whylah …

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Top 10 Things I Learned While Studying English Literature at McGill University

Is it even possible to canonize all the things I have learned in my three and a half years studying literature at Canada's best university to 10 items? I believe my critics will be able to deconstruct the bejesus out of this list. They'd probably base their argument on how I privilege my subjectivity over …

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Poetry Reading at Le Cagibi!

This Monday marked the occasion of my second ever poetry reading, where I recited "Ice Breaker" (which is this Friday's post), "St. Francis of the Amazon," "Seagull," and my final, uproarious poem "Anticlimax." The venue was in the backroom of Le Cagibi (pronounced KAH-jeh-bey, or "KGB" in phonetic Quebecois French), a hipster, student-populated restaurant on …

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Vegetables of the Romantic Period

Here are simply a few humorous pictures I drew last semester for The Veg magazine, a McGill student literary magazine (not actually vegetable-themed, but that's kind of a running joke...) You will recognize that the vegetables are all based on Romantic poets. Worth a laugh, I think. Kinda fits too--weren't the Romantics nature poets? Now …

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Special Post: Honours thesis added to brightweavings.com

Today, I make a special announcement: my Honours thesis "Fantasies of History: Guy Gavriel Kay's Synthesis of the Historical Fantasy Novel" has been added to Kay's official website at brightweavings.com. This thesis is the fruit of over two years of thought, and one year of hard research, writing, and re-writing. It represents the summit of …

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Cordially, A.M. Klein: Letter Writing in the Good Old Days: An Unofficial Review of A.M. Klein: The Letters

Some of the greatest works of English literature are not found in survey anthologies. They are never taught in courses, though if you consulted them, you could add depth to your understanding of a given author. They record the daily tribulations of the saints we call canonical writers. More useful than poems, but more lyrical …

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