Home What smell lingered in the rooms? patties frying from the kitchen, laundered linen stretched on metal beds. Rain through windows, dust of words sweetened as talc. Shirts’ collars blossomed with perfume, which was once roses, which were once rain and earth and a yearning for sun and life. I sat on the knees […] Read more.
There’s a famous photograph of a small Sudanese child. The child’s forehead is against the sand. Behind the child, sits a vulture. I want you to understand how I feel today—how a mother, me, feels on a day like today. David—my son—and I never spoke much. I’d pass him photographs to say what I didn’t […] Read more.
There is a bird in the water. directly in front of them, on the other side of the protective barrier. The mother and the father didn’t see it at first but then their little girl jumped up and down and shouted, “Look!” The sleek head bobs just above the surface of the churning white-and-green rapids. […] Read more.
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The Writer’s Corner
“…what I loved most about this novel is that it’s not one thing disguised as the other—these two elements are very much intertwined.” I’m still shaking my head in wonder at the marvellousness of The Chai Factor by Farah Heron. It’s a highly entertaining romp of a romantic comedy that giddily explores the will-they-or-won’t-they-end-up-together star-crossed […]
“One night, I sat alone in awe, in the front yard from midnight until 3 in the morning as the Aurora Borealis twisted green and red across the sky.” The Berton House residency, administered by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, in partnership with the Klondike Visitors Association, is a jewel among Canadian writing residencies. When […]
To make a work is to sit with your irrelevanceand confront your importance.I mean, the swallows just fly.And the papaya sweats when cut. With the pad of my right index fingerI smooth my left brow.It’s so easy and feelsfeels so physical.The taste of plain yogurt which has turned, slightly.I knew I would change physically. – […]
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.