Looking through a magnifying glass to read lines from the play 'Romeo and Juliet' as William Shakespeare's First Folio is displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The book was published in 1623 and contains 36 of Shakespeare's plays. The book which will go for auction in New York on April 24, is estimated at 4-6 million US dollars. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo.
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Letters, silent and spoken

Poetry is a special form of language because it is unpredictable, and it is unpredictable because it does not communicate ordinary things in the ordinary way. We resort to poetry when prose is too constraining. 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney embrace on stage at an anti-carbon tax rally in Calgary, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press.
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A tale of two provinces

Alberta isn’t just younger than Ontario, it feels newer and fresher. That vigour breeds an ambitious, booming economy and a turbulent political culture.

Pastor D.J. Soto, the lead pastor of VR Church, delivers a sermon in his home Sunday Jan. 23, 2022, in Fredericksburg, Va. Soto sings, preaches and performs digital baptisms in the metaverse to a growing congregation of avatars. Steve Helber/AP Photo.
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Against the Metaverse

There will no doubt be people who welcome the experimental escapism of the Metaverse, but the last thing we need is more reasons to shirk our responsibilities in this world.