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Canadian Literature's Issue 223 (Winter 2014), Agency & Affect, is now available. The issue features articles by Ranbir K. Banwait, Paul Huebener, Lisa Marchi, Veronica Austen, and Andrea Beverley, as well as an interview with Laurence Hill by Kerry Lappin-Fortin, along with new Canadian poetry and book reviews.
Reviewed by Ryan J. Cox
Poetry has a long history of serving as a means to understand and cope with loss, pain, and uncertainty. After all, as Aristotle himself points out in the Poetics, “there are some things that distress us when we see them in reality but the most accurate representations of these same things we view with pleasure . . . because it turns out that [we] learn and infer what each thing is.” This function of poetic representation allows Thomas Gray to turn the death of his belove […more…]