What is Pam Dillon Reading?

I am an unrepentant bibliophile and book collector. Once I fall in love with an author’s work, I’m determined to read as much of their writing as I can find. The other literary practice I have is to read more than one book at a time, often switching between fiction, nonfiction, and or poetry. However, […]

Coat of Many Colours

I am seated at the front of the event hall. It’s a warm night but my arms are a little cold because my dress does not have sleeves. The air has the faint scent of flowers. There are about 200 students seated in the hall in total.

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Isolation, Desolation, Conversation, Restoration: A Collaborative Poem

Preamblefrom Emily Bednarz, Managing Editor The following poem was constructed by over 100 writers who subscribe to The New Quarterly’s monthly e-newsletter. In May 2020, newsletter subscribers were asked to submit one line of poetry to create a crowdsourced poem of many voices.  I really couldn’t prepare myself for the flood of verses. It was […]

Seaview | سی ویو

Seaview | سی ویو by Faryal Diwan | فریال دیوان “ I strolled by the water, letting the waves kiss my feet. I didn’t go in any deeper because I have a fear of being lost at sea. Faryal Diwan Seaview was calling to me. I was in my nana’s sapphire blue Suzuki Cultus, and […]

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Wedding Week Chaos

Wedding Week Chaos by Sadaf Shafiq “ As the man drove through a small and quiet street, my aunt whispered that something was wrong. Sadaf Shafiq After five years away, I was back in Pakistan to attend my brother’s wedding. It was an exciting and long trip. The house was beautifully decorated with golden lights; […]

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The Lut Desert

the lut desert by maryam rafiee “ For one five-hour stretch, there were almost no signs of civilization—no gas stations, no restaurants, no tea houses, nothing. It was just me, my parents, my brother and the desert. Maryam Rafiee I grew up in the 80s and 90s in Iran. My parents’ travel methods were basically […]

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Together Again

Together again by Ghadeer Albattarni https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXZIay080ss&feature=youtu.be “ With lightning speed and without thinking she answered me: “Mama, my head is sick but not my tongue!” I laughed from my heart. Ghadeer Albattarni I am in a big black car heading from Pearson Airport to Kitchener. It’s 1:00 am. The snow outside looks bright and shiny. […]

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Never saw the sun shining so bright…

never saw the sun shining so bright… by jasmina simic https://youtu.be/etpW8yfXdZ4 “ From where I was sitting on the floor, I could see my reflection in the mirror across the room. A big, feather pillow was tucked behind me to support my back, my legs were crossed, and in my lap sat a square tin […]

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Me and My Father

Me and my father by Ellaha Saroosh “ I was unlike other girls, I loved whatever was forbidden for girls. Ellaha Saroosh It was a July afternoon. My father was sitting on the chair in front of his room with a book by Rumi in his hands. The yard and the flowers were watered; I […]

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The Stranger

The Stranger by Johanna Jamnik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXOCBIGtHDM&feature=youtu.be “ The cars looked like ants crawling along the road. Every time the plane dipped I was sure we were going to crash. Johanna Jamnik The glare from the lights in the airport terminal hurt my eyes and the noise my ears. So many people were jostling, pushing. My […]

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