My imagination has loved the gaps, the open spaces, how the empty landscape evokes free thinking and dreaming. I had begun to see things differently, my mind a clean slate for insights, new thoughts, ideas, creative connections, which naturally arise in silence. Read more.
Dry, brown mountains directly ahead. The highway cutting through fields. Row upon row of agave plants like a parade of blue-green swords under the hot Mexican sky. I asked the taxi driver if the agave were to make tequila but didn’t I understand his answer. After a pause he said that he worked on an agave farm. Not this one, another one. I wondered if he drove taxi to supplement his income. Read more.
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The Writer’s Corner
Like many poets, Susan J. Atkinson had been writing for a long time before the launch of her first book, The Marta Poems, in December of 2020. The New Quarterly poetry editors are not alone in their admiration for the work of this Ottawa-based poet. This interview touches on the book’s publication, subject matter, and poetic […]
As a poetry editor for The New Quarterly, I first encountered Susan J. Atkinson’s work when reviewing forty applications for an Ontario Arts Council grant about two years ago. Among the poems carefully excerpted from in-progress manuscripts by writers both emerging and well established, her selection stood out—a unanimous choice by our four-person poetry editorial […]
if only for one
you could drink
from the chalice of the sun
The Wild Writers Festival: Poetry and Prose That’s Out There
The New Quarterly is proud to present the eighth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 1-3rd, 2019 in Waterloo, ON. Join us for a celebration of the feral and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.