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Natalie Zina Walschots
10.00 Canadian / USA
4.75 X 7 inches
ISBN 978-0-9739438-6-3 / 0-9739438-6-6
The 2007 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry Winner!


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Thumbscrews is a poetic engagement with the aesthetics of sadomasochism and consensual pain. It employs the techniques of mannerist poetry to constrain language as ropes, cuffs, or shackles that might be used to constrain the body. Each poem can be taken as a miniature sadomasochistic encounter where language is tied up, beaten, and twisted into submission. This book abuses language; language begs for it.

Thumbscrews engages with the sexual subculture of BDSM in content as well as in form. It explores the erotic ’scene’ and the prevalence of role-playing in the kinky bedroom, examines various settings as ‘pervertable’ locations, and chronicles a series of embarrassing trips to the emergency room. Poems are shaped from the hobbled language of email, visual representations of pain, and odes to various implements. Thumbscrews is a dirty-minded, sticky-fingered book.

About the author:

Natalie Zina Walschots recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. She serves as the Managing Editor for filling Station and is the co-organizer of the Flywheel reading series. She has also served as the Managing Editor for dANDelion. Her work has recently appeared in Matrix and The Capilano Review. Sections of Thumbscrews have appeared as the No Press chapbooks Passion Play and Christening.

ryan fitzpatrick

10.00 Canadian / USA
4.75 X 7 inches
ISBN: 978-0-9739438-5-6 / 0-9739438-5-8


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“Moments are the elements of profit.” – Karl Marx, Capital Vol. 1

Composed primarily through the co-optation and recombination of internet search results, FAKE MATH is a poetic intervention into the ways the motive for profit structures our lives. Each poem exposes the fallacies, fake logics, and sheer idiocies that constrict our decision-making processes in terms of our art, industry, educational system, and our day-to-day lives, while questioning our tendency to resort to institutionalized social violence. FAKE MATH draws its inspiration from diverse sources from Marx to Freud, from Archimedes to Oprah, sending them all downstream on rapidly pulsating waves of schizophrenic glee and political gravity, often creating startling juxtapositions when mismatched ideas and images are torn from their original contexts. The effects are at once humorous and stomach-churning. Ultimately, these are poems about how we live, work, and play within larger structures of capitalism and how our attempts to move past these structures are largely failed attempts at rebellion, not real attempts at revolution or, better yet, escape.

About the author:

Born and raised in Calgary, ryan fitzpatrick is a founding editor of (orange) magazine and a past editor and board member of filling Station magazine. His poetry has been published across Canada, most notably the anthologies Post-Prairie (2005, Talonbooks, Eds. Robert Kroetsch and Jon Paul Fiorentino) and Shift and Switch: New Canadian Poetry (2005, Mercury Press, Eds. derek beaulieu, Jason Christie, and a. rawlings). FAKE MATH is his first full-length collection of poems.

the small blue
Jay MillAr
ISBN 978-0-9739438-4-9 / 0-9739438-4-X
10.00 CDN / USA
4.75 X 7 inches


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What is the small blue? It is a condition. It is a fragmented mood disorder. It includes impressions, forgotten bits, broken lyricism, biographical sketches. All of which culminates into the small blue – a feeling, or perhaps the distant translation of a feeling; the literal translation of an obscure line from Apollinaire: le petit bleu. A lyric state, a meditation that moves backward, an exercise in psychic time. What is the small blue? It is a book of fragments.

About the author:

Jay MillAr is a Toronto poet, editor, publisher, and virtual bookseller. He is the author of False Maps for Other Creatures, Mycological Studies and The Ghosts of Jay MillAr. Most recently he published Double Helix, a collaborative novel written with Stephen Cain. He is the figure behind BookThug, an independent publishing house dedicated to cutting edge work by well-known and emerging North American writers, as well as Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe, a virtual bookstore that specializes in the books that no one wants to buy. He currently teaches creative writing at George Brown College.

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