Humour Issue: Letter From the Editor

Humour Issue: Letter From the Editor

Sometimes you just have to wonder: What if there really was a man from Nantucket? What’s his story? What if we published chapbooks of lovingly typeset knock-knock jokes? What would the world come to? What if poetry became entertainment?

I present the Humour Issue.

When I was a kid, the way I thought about the world wasn’t informed by organized religion, but it happened on Sunday morning. My mom would set the VCR to record Saturday Night Live, and the next morning, after breakfast we would sit as a family and commune over jokes and gags, goofy voices and political scandals. Humour was the force that pulled my teenaged friendships together. We watched comedies at sleepovers, rewinding scenes over and over again to watch someone fall at the right moment, or to listen to the hilarious way an actor uttered a line. Our own elaborate stories and inside jokes were full of language repetition and very silly. Once, in borrowed jeans, my two besties and I joked so hard that I literally peed in another person’s pants. As an adult humour is the way I cope with any number of uncomfortable grown up situations. 

The work in this issue is hilarious and strange, wonderful and exciting. The casual yet insightful conversational essay by friends, poets and wise ladies, Laura Matwichuk and Sheryda Warrener. Facebook’s unintentional humour in Megan Jones’ group message found poem and Nyla Matuk’s take on the social media comment. Margret Bollerup’s real life craigslist post that was all poem. David Desilca’s poignant potty humour, Spencer Gordon’s pop culture- infused list poem, Cynara Geissler’s darkly funny transformation of a childhood favourite book series and George Bowering’s nod to Robert Kroetsch. Jason Christie’s stunning series that starts with flowers and ends in beef burritos, Rachaela Van Borek’s culled corrections, Fernando Raguero’s perfect timing and punch lines, and the absurdity in wieners and octopi in philip a. miletic’s work. Kellee Ngan on bodies and Barbie, Emily Davidson on the life of mannequins, Billeh Nickerson on assholes and glass eyes and dicks, Sara Bynoe’s quarter-life dating crisis and Amber Dawn’s lesbian at a bachelor party. David McGimpsey, so game in his poetic output and so willing to craft jokes about poetry and CanCon.

And in every poem here is the humour in the sad and ridiculous realities of life. So much of life is poetry. And so much of life is funny. When you mix it together you get something truly special.

I had the privilege of reading and laughing a lot in the making of this issue. It’s rare to be asked to choose from a plethora of excellent shit-joke poems. I was just that lucky.


—Dina Del Bucchia