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About seanarthurjoyce

I am a poet, journalist and author with a strong commitment to the environment and social justice. If anything, I have too many interests and too little time in a day to pursue them all. Film, poetry, literature, music, mythology, and history probably top the list. My musical interests lie firmly in rock and blues with a smattering of folk and world music. I consider myself lucky to have lived during the great flowering of modern rock music during its Golden Age in the late 1960s/early '70s. In poetry my major inspirations are Dylan Thomas, Rilke, Neruda and the early 20th century British/American poets: Auden, Eliot, Cummings. My preferred cinema includes the great French auteurs, Kirosawa, Orson Welles, and Film Noir. My preferred social causes are too numerous to mention but include banning GMOs, eliminating poverty (ha-ha), and a sane approach to forest conservation and resource extraction. Wish me—wish us all—luck on that one!

The Brave New World of 1984

Entertained to Death “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of … Continue reading

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Apology as Public Ritual: Why It’s Still Important

The Evolution of Apology “Confession is good for the soul.” Though we in the 21st century West are living in a post-religious age, the role of ritual is no less important to human nature than it ever was. This is … Continue reading

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‘In Your Face’ book review

Some books can take you by surprise, suddenly causing a shift in your perceptions. In Your Face: What’s Yours Saying About You? by Emisch Oghma is one such book. It’s a contemporary Western take on the ancient Chinese practice of … Continue reading

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House of Commons passes apology motion for British Home Children

It happened so quickly most Members of Parliament were barely aware of it. On February 15 a Private Member’s motion brought forward by Bloc Québécois MP Luc Thériault was passed. The motion calls for the House of Commons to apologize … Continue reading

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Caroline Woodward re-releases Alaska Highway Two-Step

It’s not often these days a novel gets a second chance at life. Author Caroline Woodward’s first novel, Alaska Highway Two-Step, will get just that, with a new edition being released this month by Harbour Publishing. Woodward’s novel tells the … Continue reading

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Thornetta Davis: A New Blues Classic

From the first bar of When My Sister Sings the Blues, with its solitary slide guitar softly moaning to the spoken word homage of Felicia Davis, this is one album that knocks it out of the park. Thornetta herself steps … Continue reading

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John Latini Hits the Feelgood Groove

John Latini is news to me and in the Blues News /New Blues department it’s that rarest of assignments for a journalist—a good news story. But first off, I have to disagree with the Ann Arbor Observer, which likened Latini’s … Continue reading

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