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“A Hell of a Ride”: Michael Dennis on Edward Nixon’s The Fissures of Our Throats

fissures of our throatsIn a recent post on “Today’s Book of Poetry”, Michael Dennis reviews Edward Nixon’s collection The Fissures of Our Throats, published by Guernica Editions in Fall 2014.

Dennis comments on the collection’s theme and tone, and includes a few of Nixon’s poems —“We Told Stories as We Ran”, “Cariboo Ghost Town” and “Film Theory or I Miss the Way You Kiss”— to illustrate his poetic thought process and writing style.

He explains the dichotomy that appears in the collection between a tight, brewing verse and something that is more loose and flowing:

“Nixon can write a tight, almost alchemical poem and then turn around and loose the hounds.”

Furthermore, he describes the way in which the collection mixes humour with stirring emotion:

“There is humour to be found in The Fissures of Our Throats but it is not doled out lightly.  Every time I try to type The Fissures of Our Throats I have to erase The Fissures of Our Hearts.”

Dennis sums up the collection as a “literary YouTube of endlessly entertaining poetry” and assures readers that The Fissures of Our Throats “is a hell of a ride, a thoroughly enjoyable roughed up ride.”


Edward Nixon was born and grew up in British Columbia. Since 1984 he has lived in Toronto and is the proud father of a 19-year-old son. Having stumbled inconclusively in the thorny woods of academe, Edward currently toils in the private sector as the founder and Managing Partner of EN Consulting Group, a boutique public outreach consultancy located at the Centre for Social Innovation in downtown Toronto. He has hosted and curated the monthly Toronto reading series Livewords since 2008. He is the author four poetry chapbooks – Nights in the City of the Dead, Arguments for Breath, Free Translation, and Instructions for Pen and Ink. The Fissures of Our Throats is his first full collection.

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