A look inside issue 182, Spring 2013
"Dainty, Pretty Things"
by Cody Klippenstein
Fool showed up with the tumbleweeds-and-
eye-grits kind of weather that flays everything it touches—every
building a flesh-peeled red. Just like the late summer wind that toppled
the spit tins on the porch and hurled itself against the barn doors
on their rusting tracks, I hadn’t a clue where Fool’d come from, and not
an inkling of where she might’ve been headed.
Read "Dainty, Pretty Things" in full on our website.
Walk the Line of Sense and Comfort: PJ Grace in Conversation with Cody Klippenstein
PG: Let’s talk literary journal publication. This past year, you won first place in The Fiddlehead’s 2012 Fiction Contest, and you won Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction Contest. Your story “Dainty, Pretty Things” was a finalist for The Malahat Review’s 2013 Open Season Awards, and will also appear in The Malahat Review’s upcoming Spring 2013 issue. How does it feel to have accomplished all this as an undergrad in UVic’s Creative Writing program? Any chance you’re pursuing graduate studies in writing?
CK: I wish I could say something more interesting than Pretty unbelievable, but there it is. I already loved stories when I began my studies at UVic, but I didn’t realize how much or how quickly I’d grow to love storytelling. I really just want to keep doing it. I have a little more hope now that it might actually be possible somewhere down the road to get up every morning, sit at a desk and write. As for graduate studies – yes! I’m excited to be attending Cornell for my MFA in fiction this coming fall.
Read this interview on our website.
Join us @ Congress in June
The Malahat Review will participate in two literary events linked with Congress at UVic this June.
Tuesday, June 4th
Words @ The Edge
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
UVic, Performance Stage (outdoors in grassy area infront of the MacPherson Library)
Celebrated Victoria authors Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane, with Jeremy Loveday, Arleen Paré, and Philip Kevin Paul, explore the possibilities of language through readings and performances of their poems and stories. Hosted by Yvonne Blomer, artistic director of Planet Earth Poetry. With performances by the LaFayette String Quartet.
More info about Words @ the Edge
Friday, June 7th
Congress @ Planet Earth
Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series
Moka House, #103, 1633 Hillside Ave.
$3 (after open mic)
June 7th's open mic will be dedicated to Congress attendees, followed by readings from Ariel Gordon, Malahat issue #182 short story writer Cody Klippenstein, and Malahat board members Iain Higgins and Eric Miller.
More info about Congress @ Planet Earth.
Board meeting: Rhonda Batchelor, member of our poetry board
Rhonda Batchelor's been kicking around Victoria for 40 years now.Her first book, Bearings, appeared with Brick in 1985. She was taken on as The Malahat’s Assistant Editor in 2004. Given her background, she was also appointed to the magazine’s poetry board.
Describe your ideal poem.
I’m drawn to poems that take emotional risks, that speak from the heart. Of course I appreciate form and craft and original expression, but intellectual rigor can never resonate, for me, in the same way. A poem’s subject doesn’t matter, only the genuineness of the poet’s response to it. I want to feel something in the way of what sparked the work. This isn’t a deal-breaker in my appreciation of a poem, but it’s an important element that can’t be faked, either way.
Read the Q&A in full on our website.