Daniel Hector Maluka distinguishes senses associated to both day and night -a dichotomous reaction garnered from the people we see and the people we see in ourselves. With theological and historical undertones, as well as choice verbal consonance, identity and issues of race are challenged, further embedding ideas of personal and societal struggle.

We hope you enjoy the trip on this late Friday afternoon.


Dozens of feet tip toe and patter towards the exit

Whispers and hushed words of conversations whirl past

The sunder of their meaningless lives fills my ears

Sounds of joyous success and crippling failure

Half heard in cell phone conversations

Lovers, friends, employees, employers, acquaintances, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters


I heard them all.


The cold draft from the metro crawls across my skin

I move in with the herd shuffling mindlessly towards the

Promised Land.

The shepherd at the front of the pack leads them onward. Am I the savior?

I look straight ahead, blind to them. My ears filled with lyrical profanities,

Deaf to them

Their bodies shove me this way and that, hitting me without any thought.


I pushed them all.


Looks shared with strangers, in that instant

In that one single moment thousands of words were shared

Yet nothing was said. My conciseness merged with hers

In a miasma of curiosity and wonder and like a glorious thunder she smiled

Acknowledging the single moment we shared. She looked impressed

I must confess her stop was next. The rest of the train car


I sensed them all.



That night they arrived. I sensed them; I heard them all I tried to

Push them

Spirits or demons? Angels are what I want to believe in

A presence in my mind, I can hear thoughts

Vile and cruel with words not of my own

It says to me harsh and unforgiving:


You are worthless you are the son of slaves

They liked you better in boxes and a cage

You hate your own still a slave to your mind

The mentality of servitude consumes you and your kind

That’s why you shoot one another


An apex predator, you and your brothers

The schools didn’t teach you the mystery of your people

Now black history turns to black misery

The Black death–


You’re wrong, I cried, all day every moment, I try

I am a credit to my race a beacon a shining example

I don’t need you or another to justify me—


Silly child you have no future, you’re no example

Martin Luther Malcolm X you don’t even have a sample

Of the integrity that they possessed

You’re distressed no matter how hard you try


Your opium is your rap, reality tv and your “ball”

You’re just another one of them; you’re no different from them at all.

Give yourself to me offer yourself up. I’ll love you

I’ll accept you

Give into the temptation it’s so easy

I’ll give you any woman you want classy or sleazy

The path is short and rewarding its filled with gold

Just give me that little thing to hold


Your shining light your


Don’t dismiss me I’ve been doing double shifts

Lemme strike your heart I won’t miss

Don’t even start with that. His story is one of fiction.

He didn’t die for you; no one could stick by his convictions.

Shhh. Just listen. 


I choose my father not you. You’re a twisted thing warped by sin

You look like me but you’re just a cheap copy

The worst parts of me are in you

You’re an inferior warlock I won’t drink your brew

I don’t want your fool’s gold

My soul is my life’s fire it won’t be bought or sold

I am man my own man I’m not in your control


Martin was tested.

Malcolm was tested.

Siddhartha was tested.

Krishna was tested.

I won’t be tempted.


The creature receded then, blinded by light and I crawled by deeper into the recess of my mind;

a black tide kept at bay.













Call For Submissions


Photo Credit – Theresa Cashore

We are opening up submissions for our first print zine of the year! The theme is Transient so: talk to us about belonging, about not belonging, about maybe belonging for a moment. We want to hear about your movement and your growth. We have been waiting around for many things: transit, for true love’s first kiss, for more! than! a! feeling!

And meanwhile, everything else has been changing. Tell us about your metamorphosis or a small epiphany, a bad subway ride. Send us your strange changes to thecontinuist@gmail.com by way of any printable medium. Deadline is November 7th.

Also, look out for our launch event, happening sometime mid-November!

We look forward to hearing from you.

As always, love,

The Continuist

Artist Spotlight – Morningbird

Released September 4th of this year, “Only Believe in Love” is the first full-length album by Morningbird. Based out of Boston, Morningbird is comprised of Max Challis and John Cattini. Both students at Berklee College of Music, the pair has been making music together for about three years now. Self identified under the Alternative/Indie Rock type genre, Morningbird’s first album reads more like a book than a playlist. Following their album release, they were kind enough to answer some questions about their tunes, student-hood and killing John Mayer…

Listen to them here

Like them here

Interview by Daisy Barker


So, Tell us about your meet cute.

M: We met Summer 2012 at Berklee’s 5-week summer performance program; we met pretty casually through a mutual friend at a lunch table, but we were more just acquaintances then. John and I and a couple other guys from the program had a bunch of jam sessions and we ended up finding a lot of common ground with our musical tastes. We ended up playing together a lot during the program, but the real friendship formed when John let me borrow his guitar for a songwriter performance. My guitar didn’t have an input jack and his did.

Would you say that there are significant influences, musical or otherwise, in either of your guy’s lives that contribute to Morningbird?

J: Yeah totally, I would say a lot of life experiences influenced this album specifically. A lot of emotions and things we were learning ended up happening at the same time for us, which influenced not only our songwriting but also the music we shared with each other.

M: Artists specifically, John showed me Electric Light Orchestra, which ended up having a huge impact on our sound and the album. The way those guys include orchestral elements into their arrangements of classic rock songs really resonated with us; it was all the beauty of an orchestra with all the badass aspects of an awesome rock song. Additionally, Queen and Freddy Mercury had a big impact on the vocal arrangements throughout, and our guitar arrangements were definitely inspired by George Harrison from the Beatles.

J: We’re also super into David Bowie; his ability to convey a story in a song is something we aspired to achieve, as well as the concept of an album as a whole. We didn’t just want to make a bunch of songs; we wanted it to be a cohesive piece of art the whole way through.

Spending a year with something is a big commitment; time wise, emotionally etc. How did this impact the music – were there a lot of changes made, or was it more of a growth thing?

 J: It’s hard to say, because the songs are written from a bunch of different times, like “The World” was some casual thing I wrote back in high school, but “Love In Reverse” and “Hate It” both were written last April. Some of the songs didn’t make a lot of sense at the time when we wrote them, but as we kept writing and designing the whole album the pieces started to fall into place. It sort of seemed like we had been telling the story of the album from a subconscious place all along, even though we didn’t really know it at the time.

M: From the production side, and especially being relatively new to writing and production, we were both growing as writers and producers at an insanely fast rate. It seemed like we kept getting better and better as we wrote and produced more of the songs. I think being at school for music plays into this as well; we’re always trying to improve. As far as the time commitment, I don’t think we ever really thought about how long it would take. To be honest, I think had we known the songs we were writing at the time wouldn’t get released for an entire year, we would have been a little discouraged. We just wanted to put out something that we were really proud of, and it didn’t ever matter how long it was going to take us. There were definitely edits going back, but at some point you have to just put a stamp on what you have and call it done, or else you could spend an entire year making just one album.  

Is there a specific end goal in mind with this project? (i.e. world domination)

 J: Morningbird is cool to me because the whole reason we created it and the album was to satisfy our creative urges, not necessarily to gain some sort of social or financial standing. I think as long as we make music like that, it will remain genuine and find its course.

M: For me, world domination… Seriously though, I think John put it really well. It was just about trying to get the thoughts and ideas that were floating around in our head into some tangible form. Now that it’s finished though, I just want to share it with as many people as possible and do it all over again.

For you guys, what’s the ideal way for people to consume your music?

J: We hope people can listen to the album in a way that they can appreciate all of the intricacies we tried to include. We put a lot of time and a lot of ourselves into it. That being said, at the end of the day I just hope people can enjoy the tunes and find some meaning of their own in it.

M: Totally. Everyone enjoys listening in their own way; I personally like to sit down and listen to albums all the way through on a good pair of speakers, but I know everyone has their own favorite way to tune in, whether it be in the car, some earbuds on the train, even off your phone while you’re cooking dinner; whatever floats your boat. As long as people are listening we don’t really mind.

 Being students, is it hard to prioritize personal artistic endeavors? Or does studying in the same field as your artistic passion make it easier?

M: I’ve actually tried to make a bunch of my regular coursework and projects here at Berklee into Morningbird songs. I think actually 3 songs of the album were final projects for a bunch of my classes; I’m in a production-heavy major so it was pretty easy to balance the two when they coincide with each other. It was never a drag to do my homework because it was just working on our passion.

J: I would say studying in the same field makes it easier because you’re surrounded by people and professors who are constantly inspiring you and teaching you new things that you can apply to your own music. At the same time though, sometimes I just want to pull a Justin Vernon and live in a cabin making music out of what I know now, just to see where I’m at and what we’re capable of.

Marry, Do + Die – John Mayer, Daughter and St. Paul and the Broken Bones?

M: I think we’ve stolen enough from John Mayer that it’s pretty safe to give him the “die” slot now… I’d definitely say marry Daughter. Their music is super cool and I could definitely see keeping them in my life for while, maybe settling down, finding a nice home off in the mountains somewhere. In all seriousness though, their sound is super cool and it’s an area I’ve started to explore musically. Do St. Paul; their stuff reminds me of Amy Winehouse a lot. It takes me back to the Motown era of Marvin Gaye and Al Green when every song was about love and happiness. I’m pretty sure John would do all 3 to John Mayer though.

J: Yep. Well maybe just marry. I need him around for a while so I can steal his guitar licks.

Back at it

We, The Continuist would like to welcome all incoming and returning students to Ryerson! We have been on a summer hiatus, working on other things (tans and such) but are back again for a new school year and with a new team to bring you a breadth of new content and, hopefully, a breath of fresh air.

As always, we are accepting submissions FROM EVERYONE AND ANYONE for the blog and will be publishing several print zines this year. We are an open collective and are always looking for passionate individuals to join our team. If we had an office, its door would always be open.

We hope to see you soon.

Love always,

The Continuist

Call for Submissions: Perfect Bound Publication!

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After launching On Thinking Things on February 23rd, The Continuist is excited to announce that we are jumping right into our annual perfect bound publication. As in past years, this zine will consist of the best work we’ve received all year round, as well as fresh submissions from all of you lovely people! There is no theme for this zine, so send us all those photographs you have stashed in file folders, those words scraped together in cryptic .doc files, and any other form of art you’d like to showcase to the Ryerson and GTA community. I repeat, there is no theme, so send us all you got!

And another cool feature about this new zine: we are accepting music submissions! We’ll be putting together a soundtrack of songs made up of Continuist audio submissions that will be available for streaming and/or download. Covers of Ye will also be accepted to ensure maximum mixtape fire.

As usual, send us your submissions to thecontinuist@gmail.com, and make sure they’re in by Sunday, March 20th 11:59pm. The launch will be happening on April 7th at the Arts & Letters Club (14 Elm Street, Toronto ON); further details will be available in the near future.

Love always,
The Continuist

PS: If you missed our table in the SLC last week, here’s a sneak peak!



Souvenir Flower


you ship you have no hold for this

no shoe box under bed for this
no tea glass, no ear holes, no eye drops to water with

have you must oar holes then
and a shore to row to in a boat so full

must have you a cliff there to niche to
and a square of fence to tend

you have must heard from far bells
felt the warm slick of earthworm on your stem and speckled terrace
your cabin weed, your salt fare, your sailing jar, your air holes

you must have taken a garden aboard
if you will not take my lavender in your terracotta shoulder bowl
my lilac on your summer raft
alfalfa to the loamy shore


Dreaming this Friday?

Jordan Donovan, frequent submitter of both written and visual content, graces us with one of her minimalist collages for this weeks, “‘Find Me’ on Friday”. Her piece combines a neutral setting with supernatural elements; interweaving text and visuality to you for your Friday.

“Am I Dreaming” is the first of what we hope to be many multimedia submissions to our Friday collective. Submissions for the collective can be sent to thecontinuist@gmail.com, and we also welcome general submissions for our blog and print publications at any time!

Happy Friday, dreamers ☺️

“Am I Dreaming” – Jordan Donovan

“On Thinking Things” Zine Launch

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 9.20.57 AMBack from Reading Week, we are ready to launch the “On Thinking Things” zine! We will be tabling our current and past zines along the Ryerson SLC-Library bridge this Thursday, February 25th. Come by anytime between 1-5 and pick up a zine, make a button, or just sit and talk much.

Look out for our upcoming call for submissions for the perfect-bound zine, it’s coming up soon, folks.

This Friday’s Found Poem

It’s that day of the week again: Friday, Friday, Friday. A day to watch the hours melt into Saturday, or to force productivity in one last attempt to end the week on a high note.

This week, we are pleased to present you with a piece by The Continuist’s very own, a one Cameron MacDonald. In his own words (before we get to the ones he’s found), Cameron describes his process.

Process for Finding Words

This piece was written with two main sources: Donald Allen’s The New American Poetry and PsycInfo, an online database of international psychological literature. I chose pages of Allen’s seminal compilation of postwar poets with a random number generator, put my finger down on the page, and typed out the line that was closest. I would then type in the middle word inPsycInfo and use the amount of words in the aforementioned line of poetry to determine which title I would type down. The words in these two lines would then be scrambled at my discretion, with some grammatical symbols added for poetic effect. Each stanza represents each line pairing. This calculated yet indeterminate approach was utilized in an attempt to represent the dissonance in the 1950s between poetry’s “anti-tradition” and the conservative, clinical approach to writing, paralleled by the resurgence of psychoanalysis.


And here is the final product, a found poem just in time for Friday.

New American Psychology

The concentration increased.
More fluid are we
in it, the sun’s disease.
TREM2 on.
Soluble beauty of light—
the Alzheimer’s white.

The cerebrospinal
videotape disorders the student
of behavior. The linen on
the chairs with purple effect!
On emotional feedback;
on a behavioral task. Of

extinction and place.
Of gated preference. Of isolated
effects. I will only place
naloxone there. And was a queer
conditioned by ethanol? Is aversion
induced and conditioned? Place

is voice for when you are alone:
you love it different.