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Concerns over missing knives arise in Injun by Jordan Abel (Talon); Elgar steals cacti from literati in Sonosyntactics by Gary Barwin (Wilfrid Laurier Press). Kyra Ling slings chicken wings at Hooters in Alliterasian, edited by Julia Lin, Allan Cho and Jim Wongchu (Arsenal); Richard digs holes and demolishes houses and Gene mounts truck gates and hucks bags in Bad Things Happen by Kris Bertin (Biblioasis); Margaretha Geertruida Zelle waits for the bullets with her hands on her hips in Rogues, Rascals, and Scalawags Too by Jim Christy (Anvil Press). A “large, heterogeneously enhanced mass” stands in for the Big C in Wait Time by Kenneth Sherman (Wilfrid Laurier Press); a samurai’s sword compels the foe to face the man in Twenty Seven Stings by Julie Emerson (New Star); pincurls sag from the heat in Last Stop, Lonesome Town by Tara Azzopardi (Mansfield Press). Roman’s brother’s body washes ashore in The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 (Tightrope), edited by Jacob Mcarthur Mooney, Molly Peacock and Anita Lahey; Luigi clocks his old man in Mean Season by Salvatore Difalco (Mansfield Press); Ashley-elizabeth Best’s brother keeps jawin’ on in Slow States of Collapse (ECW). Proust receives a letter regarding yoga for capitalists in Corked by Catriona Strang (Talon); Dusko escapes his captors and fights deportation in The Midnight Games by David Neil Lee (Wolsak & Wynn); Betsy’s poop turns blue in Bearskin Diary by Carol Daniels (Harbour); the walls of the nursing home get painted drunk-tank pink in He Wants by Alison Moore (Biblioasis). Chuck feels grateful for the distraction of chicken cordon bleu in Ledger of the Open Hand by Leslie Vryenhoek (Breakwater Books); Monsieur’s reign of terror horrifies in Stroppy by Marc Bell (Drawn & Quarterly); Drippy chugs a brew and the enemy pulls out in The Red Drip of Courage by Julian Lawrence (Conundrum). Inspiration arises from the Messiah’s management methods in Human Resources by Rachel Zolf (Coach House) and the Virgin materializes in You Can’t Bury Them All by Patrick Woodcock (ECW). May-december lovers roam Rome in Illicit Sonnets by George Elliott Clarke (Exile Editions);
APayvand and Ragusa survey the wreckage caused by war in Amity by Nasreen Pejvak (Inanna); Jon Evans may duel to the death or he may get hitched on a bus to Thessaloniki in No Fixed Address (Porcupine’s Quill); Jeeves locks his eyes on Morrissey’s swaying hips in Asthmatica by Jon Paul Fiorentino (Insomniac). Eve Lazarus researches unsolved mysteries in Cold Case Vancouver (Arsenal); Mr. van der Lem sobs and exposes a sewn-up forearm in The Society of Experience by Matt Cahill (Wolsak & Wynn); Whitey vanishes, the Gipper grimaces and a young priest clenches a rifle in his cold fist in Laura Trunkey’s Double Dutch (Astoria). Mie Tha fears the jungle and the crashing rain and Ka Law cheers for democracy in Flight and Freedom, by Ratna Omidvar and Dana Wagner (Between the Lines); cannons and guns powder the night, flowers never arrive and the trees mimic the sounds of the sea in Guano by Louis Carmain (Coach House); Murdoch Burnett’s Gaelic upper body plunges into Lee Maracle’s air space in Talking to the Diaspora (ARP); minerals grate and teeth wear in Chantal Neveu’s Spectacular Influence (Bookthug). Salmonella death rays beam from freshly shredded lettuce in Decline of the Animal Kingdom by Laura Clarke (ECW); Andromeda and the Milky Way collide and merge in The Pet Radish, Shrunken by Pearl Pirie (Bookthug); the object of your affection throws a dozen rotten pears and pees their pants a little bit in Rom Com by Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli (Talon).