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August 12, 2018
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It may seem odd to read a chapbook called ‘It’s still winter’ in August, but hey, that’s just the way it is.

I have said before that while I really like rob, I don’t always ‘get’ his poetry. I don’t mean it is bad – it is absolutely not – I just mean I can’t find my way in.

I mention that because this chapbook it the exact opposite of that. I FELT the words right from the first poem and all the way through. The first poem (‘My daughter is in New York City’) captured a feeling and I never lost it. This book also happens to have my favourite rob poem that I have ever read (though I have read it before), ‘Sentences my mother used’.

Thanks for th e book, rob. It was very good. Well done.

 

Books Read in 2018

It’s still winter – rob mclennan
Regeneration Machine – Joe Denham
Life after Cancer Treatment – Canadian Cancer Society
Diversions – George Murray
Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 1 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships – Eric Shanower
Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)

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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

August 4, 2018
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I feel like no matter what I say here, I won’t be doing the book justice. First off, calling it a book is a bit misleading because while it IS a book, in all sense of the word, it is also a single poem. What we have is a poetic stream of consciousness (almost) as Joe tries to make sense out of the death of a friend who died in fairly specific circumstances.
Denham travels around the subject quite a bit, because it is a very tough subject, and I am not sure he ever gets the answers he is seeking, but as a witness along the way the insights and art ore beautiful and moving.

Well done.

 

Books Read in 2018

Regeneration Machine – Joe Denham
Life after Cancer Treatment – Canadian Cancer Society
Diversions – George Murray
Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 1 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships – Eric Shanower
Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

August 4, 2018
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Yeah, so this one is a bit different, but it is still a book I read so…

This is a book provided by the Canadian Cancer Society for people dealing with life after cancer treatment. That is getting further removed for me, but it never really goes away. I am really glad I read this if for nothing more than validation.

Let me explain something I had (am having?) trouble with, that I now understand isn’t unique to me. While I was having treatment, I felt supported by people all around me. They sympathized, maybe empathized, and gave me the emotional and practical support I needed.
Then treatment ended. At first everyone seemed to understand that I would still be tired, so they gave me slack for that, but they also thought I should be incredibly happy.
I wasn’t, and they couldn’t understand why. Neither could I.
Very quickly people started to act as if the cancer was something that HAD happened to me and that I had gotten past it. I didn’t feel that way. I still don’t.
One day at work, when talking to a supportive co-worker, I said something about having cancer (in passing – it was pertinent to the conversation), and he CORRECTED me. He said, “You HAD cancer.”
Now, out of context that seems horrible, but at the time I knew exactly what he was trying to say. He was trying to be positive. He knew I was in monitoring to see if there were any lingering cancer cells waiting to re-emerge (so far, so good), and he was trying to assert that there was none. Be positive and visualize, I guess.
I took it as  a complete minimization of what I was still going through. (Thankfully I internalized it, as I would have felt bad at lashing out at someone who had nothing but good intentions there.)

For anyone reading this, be aware: I am not ‘over it’. Is the worst past? I certainly hope so. There is  only (‘only’…) a 30% recurrence rate (and I am going for a CT scan next Friday). I don’t need people to worry about my physical health.
What I need is for people to understand that this has changed me… possibly forever. All of this (combined with the multiple lawsuits etc.) has led me to depression, but even when I am feeling good, cancer still does not feel like something I ‘got past’. It is part of me, even if that is no longer physically true. (Crossing fingers.)

This is especially important this week, because going for that scan reminds me of my mortality in the worst way. I am not okay, but I am doing my best.

 

Books Read in 2018

Life after Cancer Treatment – Canadian Cancer Society
Diversions – George Murray
Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 1 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships – Eric Shanower
Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

July 28, 2018
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Diversions - Murray

This is a book of aphorisms. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, aphorisms are for people who find haiku just a little too wordy. Parsing the difference between aphorisms as poetry and witty tweets may be a tough line to draw.

Having said that, don’t let me steer you away from a very good book! I saw Murray at the Laureate event late last year. Murray (was? is?) the Poet Laureate for St.John’s Newfoundland. He actually quit the position over the city’s cuts to arts funding, but I think he ended up being reappointed…

Regardless, if you think lines like ‘Mirrors are a form of time travel’ or ‘Soldiers in the black and white wars still saw their blood in colour’ then this is the book for you.

 

Books Read in 2018

Diversions – George Murray
Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 1 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships – Eric Shanower
Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

July 25, 2018
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It can my argued that this isn’t a book, but I include other Poetry periodicals as books so I will with this one.
I think I got this as part of the Swag Bag at Verses Festival of Words in Vancouver.
It is interesting, though short fiction is not something I actively seek out. There is a very solid poetry feature by Sharon Webb-Campbell in here.

 

Books Read in 2018

Geist #107
Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 1 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships – Eric Shanower
Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

July 24, 2018
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More Akira. Not normally being a manga fan, I find the variance in facial expressions quite interesting. They switch from ‘realistic’ to ‘exaggerated’ from panel to panel to change the mood of what is happening.

 

Books Read in 2018

Akira Collection 2 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Akira Collection 1 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships – Eric Shanower
Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

July 15, 2018
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I am not a huge manga fan, but I love Akira, both the comic and the movie version… but the comic is better. I originally was buying it in this collection from Epic. Alas, I never finished it and by the time I was able to, I had to switch to a different publisher, where the volumes don’t align perfectly.

Random aside that has nothing to do with this comic, other than tangentially.

Some great time ago I was involved in e-mail wrestling leagues. This was a (somewhat odd) thing where you had a wrestler or wrestlers and wrote promos and other people wrote matches etc. It was a communal writing exercise really. I took part both as a ‘handler’ and a s match and show writer.

My main wrestler was a character named ‘Rocket Man’ Timothy N. Turner. I also ran his brother, ‘Constable’ Tom Turner, and briefly a character named Red ‘Monkeywrench’ Ledret. But I also had one other. He was a masked wrestler named Steele Raider, handled by someone else. I took him over and unmasked him as a Japanese wrestler named Akira Saito. I made that name up, though was obviously inspired by Akira.

So, when I opened this copy of Akira I was somewhat surprised to see a credit for the Designer of the Kodansha Ltd. (first Japanese collection) copy: Akira Saito.

Anyway, this is a really good comic, I highly recommend it.

 

 

Books Read in 2018

Akira Collection 1 – Katsuhiro Otomo
Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships – Eric Shanower
Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

July 11, 2018
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This is a re-read from my library. Shanower previously came to my attention with the Oz graphic novels but with his you can really tell it is a labour of love. The story of the Trojan War is already fascinating and Shanower humanizes it.

Quality read.

 

Books Read in 2018

Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships – Eric Shanower
Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

July 1, 2018
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secretpath

 

I have said before I great I think this book was. It still holds up. Strong poetry, emotional narrative and art that really serves the purpose.

And yes, it was for a good cause and had the extra impact of being one of the last things Downie did, artistically.

 

 

Books Read in 2018

Secret Path – Good Downie & Jeff Lemire
Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2018

June 30, 2018
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Absolute Sandman 4

 

There is a clear sadness it this final volume. First the feeling of inevitability and then the feeling of loss. Sure that is part of the story but I think I feel a bigger loss in the stories that come after – especially the Hob Gadling story at the Ren Fair.
It is hard to explain but what I really think is that it isn’t sadness at reading the story but rather channeling the sadness from when I first read them. Feeling the ending of a beautiful piece of art that I had watched unfold over the previous 6+ years.

Regardless, it is incredibly well done.

 

Books Read in 2018

Absolute Sandman Vol. 4 – Neil Gaiman and others
Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 – Neil Gaiman and others
ARC Poetry Magazine #85
Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 – Neil Gaiman and others
The Collected Poems of William Hawkins – William Hawkins
Touch the Donkey #16
The New Quarterly #144
Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 – Neil Gaiman and others
Autonomous – Annalee Newitz
The Malahat Review #200
Fables Vol. 5 – The Mean Seasons (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Akina / Palmiotti)
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers (Willingham / Buckingham / Hamilton / Leioloha / Russell)
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha)
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile (Willingham / Medina / Leiaoha / Hamilton)



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