Our Back Pages Issue Project

Featured Issue: #178

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Issue 178

In addition to the usual crop of excellent poetry, Issue 178 features the winning entries of The Malahat Review’s third-annual Open Season Awards. Albertan author and professor J. Mark Smith’s “Landscape with petroleum plant and sewage treatment facility,” (Poetry) paints an almost post-apocalyptic landscape of Edmonton, with a fusion of political tropes into notions of the everyday. Exploding with a powerful mix of wilderness and ideological imagery, Smith’s poem reads like an art piece, the poem’s title aptly reminiscent of how one might title a painting. While Smith’s work radiates tension, the winning entry of the Fiction category, “Apiculture,” stands out for its sense of innocence and clarity. Read more about Issue 178.

About Our Back Pages

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.

Issue #1All 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.

Every Our Back Pages summary is written and signed by a member of the Malahat's extended family, including staff and volunteers, University of Victoria students, staff, alumni, faculty, and passionate readers. If you’re interested in writing a profile of an as-yet-unassigned issue, please email us at malahat@uvic.ca.

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