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New Voice on the Scene

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New Voice on the Scene

Opinion Piece, By Patrick Connors

The Toronto Quarterly (TTQ) is truly a testament of the electronic age. This new literary offering is available primarily at You can either download a free PDF file from the site, or order it in print for six dollars plus shipping. I found the second issue in the Book City outlet located at 501 Bloor Street West in Toronto, where several copies are being marketed on a trial basis for the low, low price of only ten dollars.

Edited by Darryl Salach and Melanie Pierluigi, TTQ includes "short short stories" (literary vignettes), artists, interviews, book and music reviews and photography. However, the mainstay of the magazine is poetry.

There are no fledgling poets to be found. Most have been widely published in chapbooks, full collections and respected magazines such as CV2, Shenandoah and The Malahat Review. All have strong singular voices you are bound to remember. Near the beginning of Issue 2 is 'Metamorphosis,' by Amy L. George. This is a coming-of-age piece about a woman who was not "girly" enough for her mother, complete with vivid images of clothing and seductive walks. Towards the very end is 'The Artist Autumn,' by Lise Whidden. With a precise eye she draws the sketch of a single Mom and the men who do not stay, accentuated by heightened language and quality of thought.

Right around the middle of this issue is rob mclennan, full member of the League of Canadian Poets. 'Leaving Alberta' is about the notion of how "you can’t go home again," something I can relate to from my experiences living in different municipalities of the GTA. While his experience is far more wide-ranging than mine, I feel like he is speaking to me in a manner we can both understand. Directly adjacent to this is 'Another (Short) History of I,' which combines a line from Jean Paulhan with the depiction of a pub where the narrator represents one-third of the patrons in attendance; listening to Johnny Cash and The Tragically Hip on the jukebox. All this, and more, in only seventeen lines!

Another facet which makes TTQ so unique and yet so of this age is that the editors support a Facebook page. As of March 30, 2009, 2,073 members belong to this group. Compare this to the American Poetry Review which, after thirty-five years, has a circulation of 14,000 (according to its own webpage). TTQ seems to be well on its way!

Submissions for Issue 3 are being received via the e-mail address of The deadline for consideration is April 1, 2009, and the guidelines can be found on the Facebook page.

How does a literary magazine survive supported by a non-formalized, imperfect medium like the internet, without widespread circulation, advertising, or page numbers? In the immortal words of Muhammad Ali, reprinted next to this exciting new periodical’s table of contents: "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."

So, take a chance, and be a part of the beginning of what could be something special!

For details on TTQ, Issue 1, please click here.
For details on TTQ, Issue 2, please click here.

Patrick Connors is a writer, poet, and social activist. He is a recent graduate of the George Brown College Creative Writing Program, and has interests in many organizations and causes. He was a headline reader last Fall at the 'Cryptic Chatter' poetry series, and has recently self-published a collection of his work entitled Scarborough Songs.

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