Jim Johnstone: A Canadian reproductive physiologist, turned poet
A LITTLE ABOUT JOHN Jim Johnstone is a Canadian reproductive physiologist, editor, and poet. He was born in 1978 in the quaint city of Stouffville, Ontario. In his later years he attended the University of Toronto. Currently, Jim is a poetry editor at Palimpsest Press and an associate editor at Representative Poetry Online. In the past he edited for Misunderstandings Magazine, and co-founded Cactus Press which is known for its literary journal and chapbook imprint1. He has won a handful of prestigious awards in his career as an editor and a poet including, the Arc Poetry Magazines’ Readers Choice Award, and the E.J. Pratt medal and prize in Poetry2. Most recently an anthology of poetry was released that Jim edited and compiled called “The Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry”3 The book contains a collaboration of over 150 poems from different writers who have only ever published in the “new century” 6. Before this Jim’s fifth book was only released 2 years prior in 2017. a unique style... Jim Johnstone, the reproductive physiologist turned poet, has gained inspiration in bringing together his 2 very different interests and letting them mingle between words and language. All through-out his works of poetry scientific phenomena and mathematical formulae is skillfully mixed with creative language and vivid images. In his first book, “The velocity of Escape” published in 2008, he shows his style clearly through merging poetry with theoretical science by using gravity and escapism to paint a picture with words. Then in his fifth and most recent book “The Chemical Life” he takes this unique style and creates a dark phycological narrative of extreme situations, touching on mental illness and addiction. He paints a violent, dark picture. Although, when it comes to Jim’s writing process, he breaks it down quite simply, “relaxation is key”4. He does plan each poem meticulously, and mentions that his environment can “define”5 what he writes. There were 2 essays written about Jim that examined the role scientific equations and language played in his first 2 books6. These essays examined how well he mingles the 2 opposit styles and the language he creates from it. From poems that paint violent and memorable pictures, to poems with mathematical formulae, they all speak to the 2 contradicting styles that Jim Johnstone has found a way to integrate; the art of poetry with the cold logical facts of science.
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1. Awards 2. Books Published 3. Poetry Written and Published 4.Books Edited 5. Book Reviews by Jim Johnstone
Arc Poetry Magazines Readers Chioce Award CBC Literary Award E.J. Pratt Medal and Prize in Poetry Martix Magazines Lit. Pop Award The Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize This Magazies Great Canadian Literary Hunt Poetry Editor Prize for Book Reviewing
2. Books Published The Velocity of Escape, Guemica Editions, 2008. Patterncity, Nightwood Editions, 2010 Sunday the Locusts, Tightrope Books, 2011. Dog Ear, Vehicule Press, 2014. The Chemical Life, Vehicule Press, 2017.
3. Poetry Written and published “To Carthage Thus We Came,” Asian Canadian Critique, Beyond the Na-
tion. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 227 (winter 2015): 37. “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman (With Antlers),” Spectures of
Modernism. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 209 (summer 2011): 126. “Baiting Hooks,” Canadian Literature 191 (winter 2006): 85.
4. Books Edited The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, Toronto, Palimpsest Press and Anstruther Books, 2018. Earle Birney, The Essential Earle Birney, Porcupine’s Quill, 2014. D.G. Jones, The Essential D.G. Jones, Porcupine’s Quill, 2016.
5. Book Reviews written by jim johnstone Elements of Craft, Science and Candaian Literature. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 221 (summer 2014): 178-80. Raw Power, Canadian Literature 216 (spring 2013): 184-85.
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