ESSAYS, LETTERS & More

NOTES ON The Sign of Poetry

Journal excerpts + Image Gallery

by Sacha Archer

A multi-media exploration of the limits of poetry and legibility, Sacha Archer continues to push boundaries with this collection of astounding poetry, journal excerpts, and supplementary material. In addition to these digital notes and drawings, we have produced a series of broadsides featuring selections from Archer's experimental visual poetry and his addendum to the work. 50 limited-edition sets of broadsides are available now from The Blasted Tree Store.

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A Brief Essay Against All Murder, And the Death Penalty

by Anthony J. Gavin

This provocative essay is more than a well-reasoned attack on murder and all forms of capital punishment, more than a sophisticated and artful piece of experimental writing, and more than a thorough examination of justice, truth, and guilt. With uncommon depth and skill, Gavin combines these elements into an erudite celebration of language, both challenging and accessible, amounting to a brilliant and highly creative work of philosophical nonfiction.

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Feminist Perspectives

by Fogel, May G N, Martonfi, Keeler, Neily, and Raaymakers

A six-part celebration and examination of the many-faceted movement that is contemporary feminism. Loosely labelled creative non-fiction, this online series collects writings from a diverse group of self-identifying feminists, from autobiographical poetry to critical theory, personal anecdotes and public calls to action. Co-edited and forwarded by Bea Keeler, Feminist Perspectives was published in weekly installments from March 30th to May 4th, 2016.

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Entheogens and the mind of society

by James W. Jesso

Two-part essay addressing the prohibition of psychedelics in connection to the yoking of modern minds. Jesso makes an impassioned and compelling argument for the freedom to explore one’s consciousness through the use of entheogens. The complete Entheogens and the Mind of Society is no longer available in print from The Blasted Tree Store, but you can still read both parts of the essay online.

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On State Surveillance

by Kyle Flemmer

Selected from an ongoing dialogue about authoritarian systems of control and how they relate to the current political landscape in Canada. This letter responds to a friend's interest in the ideas raised by George Orwell's classic novel, 1984, and to a public lecture on state surveillance by Glenn Greenwald offered at Concordia University, October 24th, 2014.

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The Blasted Tree is now accepting the submission of essays, letters, and reviews. We are looking for work which addresses a specific topic of social relevance and argues from the perspective of the author. This is an opportunity to write an essay or open letter about the #1 social issue on your personal agenda. What axe do you need to grind? If you could capture hearts and minds with an essay, what issue would you write upon? Is there something you've been dying to say to someone in particular, but would benefit us all to hear? Frame it as an open letter! Please keep external references to a minimum, but make sure to include your sources when citing statistics, quotations, etc. A web link will suffice.

We also accept reviews which examine a work of art with cultural significance. This is a very broad umbrella, but the implications are quite specific. Tell us what you think of a film, book, comic, art exhibit, record, or concert, but be sure to place the work in its historical context and explain how you believe it functions as a noteworthy social artifact or event, positively or not.

Essays, letters, and reviews can be sent to: theblastedtree@gmail.com

Non-Fiction

Critical participation in the discussion of global ideas is central to foraging new and innovative paths in a challenging future. The Blasted Tree compiles unique, exploratory essays and open letters on a variety of issues - from the marginal to the monolithic - and reviews culturally-relevant media from engaging and critical perspectives. You can find some of our nonfiction in The Blasted Tree Store. Interviews and reviews can be found HERE.