“don’t you know that / if you want me close, you have to stop wanting the / best for me? / onionskins will only be rolled up / burnt / smote”
Cover art by Zoe Koke
Collection Day (poem)
“Girls’ trash cans glitter like stardust: / holographic plastic that once encased / makeup brushes, gold-embossed bottles, / sparkling silver chocolate wrappers. Mine / is filled with blood, hair and mucus, and / flakes of skin.“
the celestial equator, the imaginary line that divides the northern and southern halves of the sky (poem)
“A poet wrapped a grey bunny in plastic and chucked it across the continent into my hands / From the eastern coast, Orion drew his bow taut and pointed a razor star at us“
glossary of loving you (in reverse) (poem)
“loving you is all these things (a glossary in reverse).”
Colonialism and National Myth-Making in Canadian Museums (Essay)
Canadian national mythology promotes the widespread idea of a peaceful, tolerant, multicultural nation built by and composed of immigrants. Using a case study of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, I demonstrate how such a national mythology functions to sustain the ongoing settler colonialism and genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Institutions such as the CMHR operate as part of a larger national and political context which nurtures and sustains nationalist mythologies establishing Canada’s white settler society.
Cover by Christopher Reale
American Dirt Controversy Brings Publishing’s Diversity Problem to Light (article)
On December 12, 2019, literary critic Myriam Gurba published an incisive review of the highly-anticipated novel American Dirt on the academic blog Tropics of Meta.
Prelude (Creative Nonfiction)
I was five years old when I dreamed of snow for the first time, tucked into my bed in our hilltop apartment in Cloud View Tower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Disentangling the Mental Effects of Western Supremacy Through My Accent (essay)
The other kids spoke like they ostensibly belonged — belonged with each other, belonged at school, belonged in Canada. Their English flowed and lilted, like music to my ears; my English sounded broguish and inelegant and choppy
Art by Shon Ji Min
Canada Line: A Short Portrayal of Anti-Immigration & Racism in Canada (Creative nonfiction)
In the height of racist exclamations of “Go back to your country,” Grace Kwan shines a piercing light on a parallel occurrence across the northern border.
Photo courtesy of Hako Yamasaki
Sex and the City 2 is a Lesson in U.S. Exceptionalism (essay)
Sex and the City 2 presents especially fertile ground for us to consider and examine manifestations of white supremacy and homonormativity in popular culture.
Vestiges of A Dream (Book Review)
The tales in The Lonesome Bodybuilder place the reader in seemingly ordinary settings — so ordinary that when the strangeness encroaches in the form of alien customers and umbrellas that make businessmen fly, Yukiko Motoya’s narration blends the bizarre so seamlessly into its mundane backdrop that we easily accept it.
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Fanfiction: A History of Marginalization (essay)
Sure, fanfiction roots itself in subculture, but I cannot think of any justifiable explanation for such deep-seated stigmatization besides misogyny.
Photo via New York Times Sunday Review
8 Authors of Color to Educate Yourself on White Supremacy (article)
A list of groundbreaking authors who offer thought-provoking expository material on systems of power, ranging from structural racism to colonialism to Orientalism, which produce and uphold white supremacy.
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