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Category Archives: Musings

Poems Find Their Way Out or They Don’t: An Interview with Geoffrey Nilson

Geoffrey Nilson, publisher of pagefiftyone – a brand new poetry micro-press dedicated to print culture – talks publishing, Internet vs. print, music, and chill, with Invisiblog guest editor, Shazia Hafiz Ramji Shazia Hafiz Ramji: Geoff, you’ve started a press. Tell us about it.  Geoffrey Nilson: pagefiftyone is a poetry micro-press dedicated to print culture. The […]

A week in indie publishing: meetings, meetings, meetings

There’s a lot of mystery around what publishing is/how it works/what publishers do. This is the first post in what we hope will be a somewhat regular series of publishing diary entries by our intrepid publisher, Leigh Nash, in an effort to share what the making of books is really like… Monday: Via train into […]

Be Your Own Favourite Poet: An Interview with Khashayar Mohammadi, author of Dear Kestrel

Shazia Hafiz Ramji: How did you arrive at the title of your chapbook, Dear Kestrel? Khashayar Mohammadi: A few years ago, during a very rough time in my life, I started writing small prose-poems addressed to my dear friend Ke, whom this book is dedicated to. I started every piece with “Dear Kestrel,” and after […]

Voice and Character Peeing in Adjacent Stalls: An Interview with Dina Del Bucchia, author of It’s a Big Deal!

Dina Del Bucchia needs no introduction. She is the lifeblood of poetry across the country. She is the flora in every Mazzy Star track. She is your slumber party bff and that distinctive, funny voice on Can’t Lit, a podcast, which she co-hosts with Jen Sookfong-Lee. In this interview, Del Bucchia chats with Invisiblog guest […]

The Search for Ziggy Nowicki by Cole Nowicki

The Search for Ziggy Nowicki by Cole Nowicki Zigmund Nowicki disappeared in 1961. I didn’t know Zigmund Nowicki existed until 2018. A great uncle whose name I’d never heard until a chance utterance around the dinner table while visiting Grande Prairie for my younger brother’s highschool graduation. Oh, Ziggy? Grandpa had another brother. Where is […]

Books in Translation

“You don’t learn something for yourself by translating from another language …  Instead, you give yourself; you offer yourself over to something… If you’re lucky, you come back to report on the text and experience; you hope to find someone to share it with. In this, I’ve been lucky!” – Erín Moure on translating texts […]

“I believe in the power of words.” Natasha Ramoutar in Conversation with Oubah Osman, author of Hereditary Blue

Oubah Osman began exploring poetry when she was a teenager. As it is for many during that tumultuous time, writing was a way to process the emotions and events that comprise life experience. “I was able to communicate through poetry,” Osman says, reflecting on her early writing experience. “I think journaling was helpful and then […]

Rhythm of Unearthing: An Interview with David Bradford

David Bradford, author of The Plot (House House Press), his third chapbook of poetry, speaks with Shazia Hafiz Ramji about unearthing family histories, “untellable grief,” and personal debris. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: What is The Plot? David Bradford: “The Plot” is actually the title of the poem, in four parts, spaced out throughout the chapbook­—a title […]

Pulling Back the Flesh of Myself: An Interview with Sanna Wani

Sanna Wani, author of the chapbook, The Pink of the Seams (Penrose Press), speaks with Shazia Hafiz Ramji about the “strange little immortal creatures” that are poems, the Ramadan treat of rose syrup, pink insides, and more. Shazia Hafiz Ramji: How did you arrive at The Pink of the Seams? Sanna Wani: Hmmm, I went […]

Bippity-bops, Turnstile Hops, and Poofing Doobs: An Interview with Cody Caetano, author of the Pleasure Dome Poems

Cody Caetano’s first chapbook, Pleasure Dome Poems, was published in January 2019 under Knife|Fork|Book’s What Queer Reading (WQR) imprint. Award-winning poet, Billy-Ray Belcourt, says Caetano’s work “bears a kind of pop art sensibility – it is slippery and agile and revisionist and campy and ethical and ultra contemporary. Some of the turns-of-phrases here are so […]