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"Of course, looking back, you would like to reboot and start over, but there is no over." An excerpt from The Waking Comes Late, winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. more

POETRY

"Resistance to wars is as much a Canadian tradition as fighting them." Daniel Francis discusses alternative histories, anti-draft demonstrations and the divisive nature of war. more

Columns

Myles Wirth tells the story of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, oil tanker designer and survivor of bombings at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. more

FACT

"This is not a documentary; it is, however, an overpowering aesthetic and emotional experience, a true happening"—Stephen Osborne reviews Susan Sontag's film Promised Lands. more

Reviews

A Canadian soldier captured at Dieppe in 1942 tells what happened next. more

Dispatches

A look back at World War I as the first great twentieth-century pollution of language. more

Columns

Selections from ةيلمع Operación Operation Opération 作业 Oперация (“operation” in each official United Nations language), a poem by Moez Surani consisting of the names of military operations carried out by UN member states. more

FACT

Longlisted for the 3rd Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest. more

POETRY

Longlisted for the 3rd Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest. more

POETRY

First prize winner of the 3rd Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest. more

POETRY 2 Comments

A soldier is shot and a preacher's wife abandons her virtue in narratives that blend fact and fiction. more

Prose

The imperialist dream: generations of offspring and a machine gun in every window. more

FINDINGS

Priests lie in the road, women kiss paintings and hostages crack jokes. more

Prose

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Maria Chekhov

The second poem in a series dedicated to Maria Chekhov, sister of the famed writer and keeper of the archive. more

POETRY

A writer uncovers a family connection with a sweet English confection. more

Dispatches

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Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile. Coup D'etat, 1973.

Chileans remember when their government was overthrown by Augusto Pinochet on September 11, 1973. more

Dispatches

Libby Simon remembers the old wooden floor radio that brought Papa news of the war announced by the Voice of Doom. more

PHOTOGRAPHY 1 Comments

Hal Niedzviecki com­mem­o­rates his Jewish grand­fa­ther—a heavy drinker, a bad driver and a Polish refugee. more

Essays 7 Comments

One thing Canadians have learned from our armed incursion into Afghanistan is that we do not have a vocabulary for discussing war or warlike events. more

Columns

Yelling at the radio (2)

Today I yelled at the radio when I heard Ehud Olmert, prime minister of Israel, apologize to the "innocent people unjustly affected" in Gaza more

Patty Osborne's Blog 1 Comments

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WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

What’s the difference between weather and weather conditions? CBC Radio hosts use both, in equally solemn voices, but “weather conditions” sounds somehow more threatening than “weather.” Is it?

—Evelyn, Cyberspace

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