With this post, I reach the end of my run at Harriet. Many thanks to the Poetry Foundation for the invitation to blog and to the other bloggers for their comments and to all of the readers. I hope to find more Canadians on Harriet sooner rather than later - or perhaps a portfolio committed to Canadian poetry in some future issue of the print magazine. (At the very least, I predict a good year for Canadians; there are many good collections of poems being published this year, up here, and the Toronto Blue Jays, who are first in the A.L. East, trounced the Yankees soundly last night.)

Originally Published: May 13th, 2009

Jason Guriel is a poet and critic whose work has appeared in such influential publications as Poetry, Slate, Reader's Digest, The Walrus, Parnassus, Canadian Notes & Queries, The New Criterion, and PN Review. His poetry has been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, and in 2007, he was...

  1. May 13, 2009


    I sincerely wish you were not leaving. You have an amazing talent for working levity and depth in the same sentence. What I've most enjoyed are your close readings of poems, your humor and your very graceful sense of proportion. It’s been fabulous to read you and to collaborate with you.\r

    We’ll be in touch,\r


  2. May 13, 2009
     Jason Crane

    What Martin said.\r


  3. May 13, 2009
     Colin Ward


    What Martin said, too. I hope you will remain here in some capacity, preferably as a staffer, and not because I'm a compatriot who understands that "Jays-Yankees" is Canadian for "Armageddon". I've always found yours to be an interesting voice of reason. In any event, I wish you luck in all of your endeavours.\r

    Best regards,\r


  4. May 13, 2009
     Chuck Godwin

    Jason, \r
    I have enjoyed your posts and look forward to reading your thought provoking work on other blogs. Best.

  5. May 14, 2009
     Mary Meriam

    We’re all another year\r
    closer to our comeuppances–\r
    the carpenters the cat the gulls\r
    the bees the ghosts and me–\r

    Peter Trower, “As Long As the Wheel Turns Us”\r

    Thanks for all your great posts, Jason. \r

  6. May 14, 2009
     Jason Guriel

    Thanks for these very kind words!

  7. May 15, 2009
     Annie Finch

    I'll miss you here Jason but will look forward to reading your htoughts in the future--in Poetry and elsewhere. And, congratulations on your book!

  8. May 15, 2009
     Eileen Myles

    Hi Jason,\r

    I also like meeting you here. I hope we meet in the world at some other point. I'll look for your new work.\r


  9. May 16, 2009
     Jason Guriel

    Annie and Eileen, thank you!

  10. May 16, 2009
     Kent Johnson

    Thanks for the posts here and for kicking off the "Negative Reviews" forum, Jason. I'm keeping you to that pint in Toronto.\r


  11. May 17, 2009
     Jason Guriel

    Thanks, Kent, and I'm looking forward to that pint!

  12. May 18, 2009
     Cathy Halley

    We're sad to see you go, but hope you'll come back now and then to chime in when you have a random notion to share with the Harrieteers. Thanks for helping us think about readings and close readings and Canada.\r

  13. May 19, 2009
     Jason Guriel

    Cathy, thank you, and will do.