Steven Heighton’s prose piece “The Age of Clowns” is the first item in this issue. It is an unusual and interesting blend of story and essay, part autobiography and part cultural criticism. The piece follows the author as he embarks on a footrace against costumed opponents, and as he reflects on the state of contemporary thought. “The Age of Clowns” is followed by Patricia Young’s short poem “Days of Summer,” and these two pieces set a precedent of literary quality met by the rest of the issue. Read more about Issue 118.
The Malahat Review, founded in 1967, has a storied past, and it’s one we'd like to share with you. Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria's 50th anniversary in 2012, we have decided, through Our Back Pages, to continue casting our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief summaries of every issue not previously covered.
Every two weeks, Our Back Pages showcases an issue from our archive, providing on the Malahat's website, with brief but informative descriptions of the issue's contents, notable contributors, prizes won, and any other tidbits of information we might glean.
All the issues profiled in the Our Back Pages and 50 Issues Project are integrated into the Malahat's Issue webpage. Click the "About this issue" links to read more.
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