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The Canary - 2005

  • Issue Number: Issue 4
  • Published Date: 2005
  • Publication Cycle: Annual
There are many magazines that claim to be eclectic, but The Canary is one of the few I’ve read that is truly deserving of the title. A five page free-form poem might be followed by a rhymed couplet, which might be followed by a narrative driven prose-poem. If it is going on in modern poetry, you can probably find it represented here. This all-poetry magazine has no art, non-fiction or even an editor’s introduction. Instead there are 125 pages of pure poetry. With so much great work inside, it is hard to know what to comment on, yet I really enjoyed Fanny Howe’s “Tonight or Never”: “The more radiant an essence, / the less they like it, those cops and doctors. / Their doctrine is not to let / a patient become a ghost at any cost.” Suzanne Buffam has a nice prose-poem titled “Anaktoria” about a committee deciding what “of this black planet’s myriad sights most honors the bold, high peaks of the human heart” and G. C. Waldrep has two evocative poems. The Canary is a great magazine for poetry, from start to finish. [] – Lincoln Michel
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Review Posted on August 31, 2005

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