Author: Theresa Smalec

Return of “Car Poems” & Welcome “Anti-Genre”: Submit Writing for Fall 2018

We’re back in gear as the fall draws near. We invite readers to submit new poems for publication when “Car Poems” resumes in late September 2018. The email address for “Car Poems” submissions is or through the Politics/Letters submission link. In addition to “Car Poems,” which focuses on poems about cars, travel, transport, driving, or anything remotely related to the road and its inhabitants, we’re launching a new literary section. Titled Anti-Genre, this new section resists conventional literary boundaries. Submissions may include or combine fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, video, sound, and cross-genre explorations. Submit previously unpublished writings for this...

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Art of #MeToo: Cara Cole’s “Illuminated Manuscript”

“Illuminated Manuscript” by Cara Cole High Noon Gallery, NYC Cara Cole’s installation, Illuminated Manuscript, opened on July 6, 2018 at the High Noon Gallery in Lower Manhattan and remains on view until August 26. Some might be tempted to interpret Cole’s project as a personal narrative emerging out of the #MeToo movement, since its subject matter is a student’s reported sexual harassment and sexual assaults at the hands of an unnamed professor. Yet despite the life material that clearly informs this piece, it is also crucial to acknowledge Illuminated Manuscript as art, which is always linked to an artist’s aesthetic...

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Car Poems for Robert Kroetsch – Part V

John Lent’s “Hat Trick: Democracy, Philosophy, Love” and Laurie Fuhr’s “Sunflowers for Roberta” conclude our 2018 installments of “Car Poems for Robert Kroetsch.” Lent wrote his poem just before Kroetsch’s death; Fuhr wrote hers shortly after Kroetsch’s passing. Fuhr’s poem was previously published in another form in Dear Mr. Kroetsch, an above/ground press chapbook.     HAT TRICK: I M P O S S I B L E   S U B J E C T S Democracy/ Philosophy/ Love By John Lent for Robert Kroetsch   DEMOCRACY Walking down 25th Street this morning in the sun and the quiet—it being...

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Car Poems for Robert Kroetsch – Part I

The photo of the title page of Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait, inscribed by the author is courtesy of Chris Masson. This installment of “Car Poems” remembers and celebrates Robert Kroetsch (June 26, 1927 – June 21, 2011). We thank the many writers who responded to our call for poems and/or prose that engage with Kroetsch’s multifaceted legacy on such short notice. Contributors include Fred Wah, Garin Cycholl, John Breedlove, Rob Budde, Susan Rudy, Theresa Smalec, Dennis Cooley, Lea Graham, Frank Davey, Aritha van Herk, David Eso, John Lent, and Laurie Fuhr. Chris Masson, Dennis Cooley, and George Webber...

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Car Poems for Robert Kroetsch – Part II

The photo “Kroetsch rejoices, Torreira beach, Portugal, May 13, 2002” is courtesy of Dennis Cooley. Copyright held by Dennis Cooley.   A Father’s Day poem for Robert Kroetsch (June 2018) By Susan Rudy In June 2011, we both left Alberta I moved He stopped moving I left cars and provinces and lives behind as did he but unlike me he didn’t choose to leave I’ve chosen to leave Ontario, Alberta, a marriage, a job He showed me how to leave, and return, a kind of literary father, his texts and his life, were unconventional banal, extraordinary He was a...

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