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New Creative Essay in Prairie Fire

Fall 2020, Volume 41, No.3 $14.95 We’re all looking for a little more breathing space and something to hold on to during these troubled times. Living in a House on Fire asks how we live amidst the nameless despair that … Continue reading

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New creative essay in Riddle Fence

New essay published in Riddle Fence, In Search of Spring.   I am in the good company of Lindsay Bird, Alexandra Harvey, John Talbird, Beth Follet, Carmella Gray-Cosgrove and many more.

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New essay in Queen’s Quarterly

  http://www.queensu.ca/quarterly/fal1603dacosta.html The Oak Tree Fearless in your short, four-year-old legs, your footsteps clap against asphalt and your knees nearly buckle racing down the forty-degree lane. I too ran down this steep hill, freed from the school day and sterile … Continue reading

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A Reader’s Response to Beyond Bullfights and Ice Hockey

Beyond Bullfights and Ice Hockey: A Reader’s Response By Emanuel Melo   I overheard a conversation between a father, his wife and daughter while at lunch at Le Petit Château in Quebec City the other day. “What are you planning … Continue reading

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Poetic & Lyrical – impressions by Irene Marques

Irene Marques on Beyond Bullfights & Ice Hockey (essays) Paulo da Costa has a poetic and lyrical voice that is beautiful. It is an appeasing murmur conducive to meditation putting into question the acceptance of the mundane or the fashions of … Continue reading

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Interview in Portuguese-American Review

original interview in Portuguese-American Review   Portuguese-American Review – Congratulations on publishing “Beyond Bullfights and Ice Hockey: Essays on Language, Identity and Writing Culture”. What is this book’s genre or category? paulo da costa – The book can be seen … Continue reading

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The Guest who refuses to be polite – impressions by Emanuel Melo

I’m hanging out with paulo da costa these days. On the crowded subway ride to work in the morning and again in the evening on the way home I listen to him; those around me don’t. But I prefer listening … Continue reading

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Mass Storytelling

– paulo da costa     Sunday morning in my neighbourhood. Cars pull into parking lots and doors slam shut. This domino of bangs echoes a timeless, proverbial Big Bang of life-changing events. The amiable people exchange smiles and jovial … Continue reading

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Beyond Bullfights and Hockey

  – AN ARCHITECTURE OF MULTICULTURAL IDENTITY –   Homens que são como lugares mal situados Homens que são como casas saqueadas […] Homens encarcerados abrindo-se com facas Homens que são como danos irreparáveis Homens que são sobreviventes vivos Homens … Continue reading

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The Story

  (…) excerpts   2. resuscitation Word and story can function as an emergency resuscitation for our numbed selves, quagmired in hopelessness and exhaustion, buried in overworking conditions. This rubbing of words generates sparks to illuminate the atrophied mind after … Continue reading

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