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Poetry, the dying canary

Photo: Leif Norman/leifnorman.net

Author: W.D. Valgardson, Victoria, BC

When I was first writing, I wrote poetry. It is usually short and, certainly when the author is young, emotional. Short and emotional. Seems appropriate for a teenager or someone in his early twenties. I also was trying to figure out the intricacies of short story writing. Mixed in with those efforts were courses in writing articles. It would be a long while before I would attempt a novel: long, complex, and as much, if not more, analysis and planning. No sitting on the transit bus on the way home from classes, saying to myself, I think I’ll whip off a novel.  . . .

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An interview with Jon Gustafsson

Iceland is a work of art

Image © Jon Gustafsson

Author: Mackenzie Kristjon, Hamilton, ON

It would surprise no one who reads Lögberg-Heimskringla to hear that Iceland is a photographer's dream with all of the fascinating landscapes and the northern lights and the glaciers and the geysers and the volcanoes and the puffins and, and, and ... They didn’t happen upon that “Inspired By Iceland” slogan by accident. As indicated by the title of Jon Gustafsson's recently published coffee table book, Iceland is a Work of Art.  . . .

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A House by the Sea

Photo: Stefan Jonasson

Author: Valur Gunnarsson, Reykjavík, Iceland

The sun never shines it burns
The world never goes it turns
The wind never blows it wails
And the ship never sets sail

The stars never twinkle they flicker
The seasons never change they bicker
The days never end they withdraw
There’s nothing to fight for but the war

The child never smiles it needs
The wound never heals it bleeds
Money never stays it flees
No one is down by the sea

The girl never cries she whimpers
The hand never strikes it lingers
The man never goes he stays
No one leaves but the waves

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