The Tale of the Clam EarThe Tale of the Clam Ear

The Tale of the Clam Ear is the story of a mermaid and her struggle to accept her deformity. In 20 poems, Christine Stoddard offers a child’s magical rationale for not fitting in. These poems are for anyone who has been told that their body is wrong. They offer ways of coping and articulate feelings of shame, of loneliness and of celebration and love. If you listen closely you will hear the mermaid’s cries.


In YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO KEEP THIS UP FOREVER, Ian Martin writes of societal malaise and failure, robots, insecure sex swings, a cuckolded employee, monotony, sanity, escape, masc top aspirations, lack of communication and the sacrifices of the moon. These humorous and humble poems are insightful. They’re the most gorgeous crushed soda cans in the pile. 

The Small Machine Talks - Episode 33 - Interview with Manahil BandukwalaThe Small Machine Talks - Episode 33 - Interview with Manahil Bandukwala

The Small Machine Talks Episode 33

Recorded on Sunday, May 13, 2018

with a.m. kozak, Amanda Earl and Manahil Bandukwala

Click here to listen to the episode.


Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani born-and-raised writer and artist currently living and studying in Ottawa. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in the Puritan,, Room Magazine, Ricepaper, Coven Editions, In/Words, battleaxe press and others. She is currently an editor for In/Words Magazine & Press. She has joined the editorial team for Canthius.


We speak of the visual nature of Manahil’s poetry and her art and how the approaches are similar and different. We spoke about the connections between her art and getting involved in Ottawa’s literary scene. 


Plucked -


We discuss using non-English words in poems to push back against the idea that English is the dominant language and losing one’s language, things that cannot be said with English. @peacehearty @verseottawa talk 7.12



We speak of Manahil’s poem, In Bloom, which intertwines Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Arabic and Persian. 8.35 



We speak of whether Manahil feels a responsibility to write about her culture. 12.24 



16.11 role of food and drink in Manahil’s life and work. 


Feast, September 2017

24.38 moving from prose to poetry 


Mini Poetry Interview with Thomas Whyte


26.40 relationship between editing others and own writing and organizing events 


30.55 stage fright, performance vs reading 


37. We talk about the honour of publishing people’s writing and hosting them at readings. @_amkozak @manaaaahil 


39. Current projects @inmagazine Descent – those who submitted will find out soon 


40 @sawdustseries May 23 how @manaaaahil found out she was featuring


40. 49 Backyard Worlds: miniature creations by two sisters


Nimra Bandukwala’s art


Stay tuned for our next episode in June and our interview with Cameron Anstee. Thanks to everyone for listening and sharing the podcast! 

The Vispo Bible: One Woman Recreates the Bible as Visual Poetry

presented as part of Kanada Koncrete Material Poetries in the Digital Age, University of Ottawa, May 4-6, 2018. Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for funding part of the Vispo Bible in 2018.

The Small Machine Talks - Episode 32The Small Machine Talks - Episode 32

The Small Machine Talks Episode 32

Recorded on Sunday, May 13, 2018

with a.m. kozak, Amanda Earl and Manahil Bandukwala

Click here to listen to the episode.


In which we talk about recent and upcoming events in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, recent reads including Cassidy McFadzean’s Hacker Packer, Vallum 15:1, Natalee Wee’s Our Bodies and Other Fine Machines, the walk as poetic form and essay, a.m. kozak’s playwrighting debut as part of CSArt’s subscription service, accessible locations, funny one-liners, little millenialisms, calls for submission, contests and hints for submitting poetry to

Links to stuff mentioned in the episode include the following:

Kanada Koncrete program

M. Nourbese Philip – the Book of Un with Undex

Gap Riot Press

Comma by Jennifer Still

Project 40


Hacker Packer by Cassidy McFadzean

Vallum Magazine

Our Bodies and Other Fine Machines by Natalie Wee

Stay tuned for our next episode in which we interview Manahil Bandukwala. The episode will be on line later this month, and our next round up of events, books and calls will be in June.

Thanks to Charles for processing, Jennifer Pederson for intros and outros, to you for listening and sharing the podcast and to the publishers who have been sending us books for review and discussion on the podcast. Stay tuned for talks on books by Invisible Publishing and Wolszak and Wyn. Thanks to Manahil and Aaron… 2018 - Thank You


AngelHousePress thanks the following poets and artists for their contributions to this year and thanks to all who sent us submissions, who shared and promoted the site this month.


The work will be on line at until February 28, 2019. A new call for submissions will go out via our AngelHousePress mailing list (sign up at, our FB page and my personal Twitter account: @KikiFolle.


1. Bilingual Poet’s Dilemma - Poet (English and British Sign Language versions): Donna Williams; Film Co-directors: Sandra Alland & Ania Urbanowska; British Sign Language interpreting and translation consultation by K. Yvonne Strain, Scotland

2. Man-flavoured Condoms – Jeff Kirby, Canada

3. fátima queiroz [untitled typewriter poem] Brazil

4. Where To Find Me – Robin Sinclair USA

5. Gary Barwin @garybarwin [untitled visual poem] Canada

6. Melissa Beek – My Stolen Sisters, Metepenagiag First Nation

7. Márton Koppány – Forecast (Hungarian Vispo No. 18), Hungary

8. the nth digri – Sugar Cane (video) Canada

9. michele provost and zachary robert – A Good Thing, Canada

10. Jenna Jarvis - pokémon battle simulator, Canada

11. Donmay – Feeling and Understanding, USA

12. Ariel Dawn – Morning, Canada

13. Sacha Archer – falls into line, Canada

14. Bola Opaleke – A Stone Goes Into the Water Not Drown In It, Canada

15. Daniel f. Bradley lowrent boogie woogie, Canada

16. Willy Palomo – Mark 6:41-42, USA

17. andrew topel – triptych, USA

18. Diana Manole - Trump’s Abecedary (Selections), Canada

19. Tchello d’Barros – INFINITALL, Brazil

20. Jane Eaton Hamilton – The Hole in Her Cheek, Canada

21. Kate Siklosi – the shade of it all, Canada

22. Mimi Ramos Lebuffe - I knew or was (la vocal eterna), Canada

23. Marilyn R. Rosenberg (MRR) – STOP OVER, USA

24. Melissa Carey – Roadwork, Canada

25. psw – signs [Korean typewriter series] Germany

26. Manahil Bandukwala  In Bloom, Canada

27. Carol White – Matron of Doll Hospital – Collage on Water Color Paper, Ireland

28. Catherine Graham – Fire Glass, Canada

29. Carol Barbour – Spider War, Canada

30. Ally Fleming – For This Poem To Exist I Have No Choice But To Suffer This Grief, Canada


Stay tuned for announcements of new chapbooks to be published with AngelHousePress and DevilHouse in the spring and autumn, and the 11th issue of in the autumn as well. Also a.m. kozak and I will continue to host the Small Machine Talks, exploring the poetry scene in Central Canada and beyond. Stay tuned for interviews, event recaps and wish lists, calls for submission and reviews of books and chapbooks to come!


I hope you’ve enjoyed the celebration.


yr fallen angel,

Amanda Earl

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