Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Introduction

Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Introduction

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Mosaic 52.3 is a general issue and, in keeping with the diurnal course of lyric investigated in the exceptional first essay by Jeremy Davies, the issue is punctuated at regular intervals by special insights into hallucinogenic regression, landscape gardening, African speculative fiction, a theory of reading, Canada's Parliament Buildings, the Japanese Canadian experience, and much more. The focus of specific essays includes Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy, the sharawadgi in and of Horace Walpole's vision of the British landscape, the poetics of Gustaf Sobin, the complexities of domesticity in post-Yugoslav writing, and George Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

But listing off the disparate contents of the issue as functions of waking life or the diurne is the easy path, here. More interesting is thinking the nocturnal relationships that exist between these periodic and discontinuous moments, and more interesting still, seeing this entire repetitive pattern in proximity to the rhythms of the earth. This is partly what Davies does when he strips back the mysteries of geological time to the time stamps and scales that we all know and live by, "sleep, regular meals," seasonality, and so on. …

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