PreviewsIssue 84, Spring/Summer 2024

  • A Brief Relief from Hunger

    Spenser Smith

    Addressing the bigger context of British Columbia’s toxic drug supply crisis through the perspective of a young man yearning for fast food, powerful drugs, and human connection, these poems use texts such as Facebook comments and news stories in innovative ways to examine the stigma toward drug use and to forge a way toward positive change.

  • A Fate Worse Than Death

    Nisha Patel

    In this stunning poetic investigation of the worthiness of disabled life, Patel evaluates her own medical records that document her treatment-resistant diabetes, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and complex chronic pain, and repurposes clinical texts to create through poetry a way to resist the sway of medical hegemony and to offer complex accounts of pain, sickness, and anger, but also of love.

  • A Road Map for Finding Wild Horses

    Trisia Eddy Woods

    Tracing a year in the foothills of Alberta where the speaker, sometimes with her daughter, searches out and photographs wild horses, this collection celebrates the seasons and the wilderness, finding the magic and the sorrow.

  • A Simple Carpenter

    Dave Margoshes

    Part biblical fable, part magic realism, and part thriller, this novel is set largely in the Middle East in the early 1980s against the backdrop of the civil war in Lebanon, and is narrated by a carpenter who lost his memory before being shipwrecked and rescued, and who subsequently displays the ability to perform small healing miracles.

  • Acutely Life

    Sue Sorensen

    This debut collection of life studies interrogates works of visual art, questions fictional characters about their views on grief and generosity, and holds conversations with all sorts of suitable and unsuitable companions, in ways darkly humorous and resonant.

  • All That’s Left

    Lisa Guenther

    Darby Swank is rebuilding her life after the traumatic events of Friendly Fire in this sequel that explores fame, safety, vulnerability, art, and friendship. She goes to college, meets her lifelong friend Ruby, develops her musical talent, connects with her charismatic cousin who has started her own inclusive church in Alberta, and moves to Toronto where her career takes off. The risks of being in the public eye become all too evident, as the characters’ lives intertwine.

  • An Evening with Birdy O’Day

    Greg Kearney

    An aging gay hair stylist nurtures an obsession for Birdy O’Day, a washed-up pop star he knew as a child, who is finally going to perform in Winnipeg for the first time, in this funny and tender novel about gay friendship, aging without retirement, queer survival, and the power of empathy.

  • Apples on a Windowsill

    Shawna Lemay

    Lemay and her painter husband live “a life in art,” and these essays reflect on that life and how still lifes offer ways to let thrills of beauty shine through ordinary days and objects. Lemay discusses the craft of writing, the art of photography, and the give-and-take of marriage in clear and lyrical prose.

  • Art of Camouflage

    Sara Power

    This debut collection of stories looks at the lives of women and girls connected to the military – female recruits in toxic masculine environments, military wives dealing with countless moves, new cities, and new selves, and military kids who find friendships challenging – with insight and emotional precision.

  • Beach Blues

    John Lawrence Reynolds

    Book 3 in the Beach series sees blues singer Buddy Blaine’s summer gig at Tuffy’s on the beach strip ruined when his new friend Abby Bergen is found in Buddy’s room garroted with a string from his guitar and he is the prime suspect in the eyes of homicide detective Drew Deforest.