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    9781552452622 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:October 15, 2012
    $17.95 CAD 5.16 x 7.54 x 0.35 in | 0.31 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:67 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Winner of the 2013 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry (Manitoba Book Awards)

      If David Lynch crashed into Franz Kafka in a dark alley, the result might look like The Politics of Knives. Moving from shattered surrealism to disembowelled films, these poems land us in a limbo between the intellectual and the visceral, between speaking and screaming. Finding the language of violence and the violence in language, Jonathan Ball becomes the Stephen King of verse.

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      Jonathan Ball, winner of the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, teaches English, film and writing at universities in Winnipeg. He is the author of Ex Machina and Clockfire, which was shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award. Ex Machina considers the relationship between humans, books and machines, and Clockfire contains 77 plays that would be impossible to produces. Both books were published under Creative Commons licenses, so you can remix their contents. Ball's latest collection, The Politics of Knives, won the 2013 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry (Manitoba Book Awards).
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    A Pretty Sight David O'Meara Canada
    9781552452813 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:September 20, 2013
    $17.95 CAD 6.17 x 7.83 x 0.35 in | 0.33 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:56 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Like the rhapsodists, the storytellers of ancient Greece, A Pretty Sight shapes voices of the past and present into a stitched song lifted and sounded toward the next century. Haunted by ‘time's frame / that dark shape near the edge of the canvas,’ O’Meara's new book explores aspects of culture, art, war, rebellion and technology, offering defiance amid decay.

      ‘O’Meara is a poet of the personal. Of the person. In and amongst the social documentary and human observation at which he excels, here is a writer prepared to put feelings on the line and to argue his case with the reader. This is proud, felt, and affecting work — I can't think of many other poets so prepared to engage and so equipped to succeed.’ —Simon Armitage

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      David O'Meara lives in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the author of three collections of poetry and a play, Disaster . He's been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Prize, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award, four Rideau Awards, and he won the Archibald Lampman Award twice. His most recent book is Noble Gas, Penny Black (Brick Books, 2008). He is director of the renowned Plan 99 Reading Series and wasthe Canadian judge for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize.
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      Awards
      Archibald Lampman Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry 2014, Winner
      Ottawa Book Award for English Fiction 2014, Winner
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    White Piano Nicole Brossard Canada, Robert Majzels Canada, Erin Moure
    9781552452738 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:February 27, 2013
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.3 in | 0.42 lb | 112 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      language I'll say yes
      from the top of my rib cage
      language will you come
      out and unearth the salt the certitude

      Between the verbs quivering and streaming, White Piano unfolds its variations like musical scores. A play of resonance between pronouns and persons, freely percussive between prose and poetry, and narrating a constellation of questions, White Piano offers readers a 'language that cultivates its own craters of fire and savoir-vie.'

      'At once achingly aware of mortality and hell-bound in its determination to press forward, change, and grow, White Piano is as brave as it is linguistically rich.'

      Quill & Quire

      '[Brossard] writes with a poetic intensity that burns select lines and sometimes entire paragraphs into the reader's mind.'

      Montreal Gazette

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      Nicole Brossard is a poet, novelist and essayist who has published more than thirty books since 1965, including These Our Mothers, Lovhers, Mauve Desert and Baroque at Dawn. She co-founded La Barre du Jour and La Nouvelle Barre du Jour, two important literary journals in Quebec. She has won two Governor General's Awards for poetry, as well as le Prix Athanase-David and the Canada Council's Molson Prize. Her work has been translated into several languages. She lives in Montreal.

      Robert Majzels is a novelist, poet, playwright and translator. He is the author of the full-length play This Night the Kapo (Playwrights Canada Press), and four novels, most recently Apikoros Sleuth (The Mercury Press, 2004) and The Humbugs Diet (The Mercury Press, 2007).

      Erín Moure is a poet and translator from French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese; she has published seventeen books of poetry. Her work has received the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the A. M. Klein Prize, and has been a three-time ­finalist for the Griffin ­Poetry Prize. Her most recent book of poetry is The Unmemntioable (2012).

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    Cutting Room Sarah Pinder Canada
    9781552452646 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:October 15, 2012
    $17.95 CAD 5.66 x 7.8 x 0.32 in | 0.35 lb | 72 pages Carton Quantity:58 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Cutting Room both describes and pushes against the anxious hum of the technologically saturated present. Sarah Pinder's poems navigate domestic and 'natural' spaces as landscapes charged with possible violence and desire. Using hyper-focus and the long gaze, they draw the eye to the corners and seams of these spaces, slowing us down, shifting our focus to worn detail, asking us to seek pattern and possibility in a hyper-paced present tense. Theseare little ominous films, documenting the minutiae around us that can be our undoing.

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      Sarah Pinder is the author of the poetry collection Cutting Room . Her writing has been included in Geist, Arc, and Poetry is Dead, and others. She lives in Toronto.
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      ‘I can’t tell whether these poems are glass or shatterproof glass. They’re delicate, clear, tough, opaque, breakable. Sarah Pinder makes everything new.’

      — Roo Borson, author of Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida

      'Her poems are odd, quirky, and utterly charming, and include shades of Richard Brautigan surrealism, Nelson Ball’s brevity and Stuart Ross’ absurdity, albeit with her unapologetic eye.'

      Prairie Fire

      'Pinder's work has teeth, and aficionados of modern poetry will easily be seduced by her words.'

      Shameless Magazine

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    Multitudes Margaret Christakos Canada
    9781552452790 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:September 20, 2013
    $17.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.3 in | 250 gr | 128 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Poet Margaret Christakos, throughout her eight previous poetry collections, has created ruptures and splices inside of and against the limits of the confessional lyric, often using recombinatory procedures, cyclical and serial structure, and enmeshing intimate vernacular with highly aestheticized language in writing that explores maternality, sexuality and intimate address.

      In her new collection, Multitudes –Ã??Ã?? where cellphone tweets snipe 'y wd I nd/ 2 spk 2 u?' alongside echoes of aria, chant and dirge –Ã??Ã?? Christakos freshly pairs Whitman's 'Song of Myself' with an inquiry into the subjective thresholds of digital social media, where individuals conduct flamboyant acts of self-Ã??portraiture, testimonial, self-Ã??commodification, erotic selfÃ??-dispersal and indelible spectacle.

      Multitudes is a moving, witty, poetic foray into a modern frontier of public spaces (city hall square, park, cemetery, bicycle path), poetic forms, private longings and virtual relocations. With her trademark linguistic sonar, Christakos amplifies the capacity of language to discern an almost inherent swingdoor between 'moaning' and 'meaning,' while casting a discouraged eye on how human discernment is used to rigidify recognitions, inviting citizens to turn from ethical social activism to snitch on their Facebook friends after an urban hockey riot.

      'Alphabeticdismantling, syntactic play, essaying words backwards and 4words (as she might say), Christakos manifests forensic clarity and telegraphic fortitude in this unsettling work.' Ã??– Rachel Blau DuPlessis

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      Margaret Christakos is the awardÂ?-winning author of eight acclaimed poetry collections and a novel, Charisma, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. Previous titles with Coach House include What Stirs (2008) and Sooner (2005), both nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and Excessive Love Prostheses, winner of the 2001 ReLit Award. She teaches creative writing and curated the wellÂ?-known'Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon' at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies from 2006 to 2012.
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    book of variations love - zygal - art facts bp Nichol Canada, Stephen Voyce
    9781552452721 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:March 21, 2013
    $21.95 CAD 5.65 x 8.56 x 1.27 in | 640 gr | 392 pages Carton Quantity:14 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      The range of bpNichol's output is unparalleled, the reach of his curiosity, wit and inventiveness, immeasurable. Concrete poetry, novels, comics, sound poetry and even a television show, Fraggle Rock – it's his eclecticism and love of 'borderblur' that make bp so unique.

      The perfect counterpoint to his acclaimed nine-volume long poem, The Martyrology, the three long-lost classics contained in a book of variations showcase Nichol's diverse, sprawling imagination. Placing love: a book of remembrances, zygal: a book of mysteries and translations and art facts: a book of contexts side by side, as they were meant to be, this fun and ephemeral collection may prove to be Nichol's most lasting and important contribution to poetry.

      'bpNichol was, and still is, the essential poet for so many of us.'

      — Michael Ondaatje

      'This is bpNichol at his young, whimsical, charming, sweet, magical, formally inventive, childlike, zany, fecund, h-h-h-heavenly best. A total delight from beginning to beginning again.'

      — Charles Bernstein

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      bpNichol (1944–1988) was one of Canada's most adventurous, entertaining, and enigmatic poets. He is best known for his nine-book poem The Martyrology and his work on the TV show Fraggle Rock. Stephen Voyce is an assistant professor of English at the University of Iowa.

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    Divide and Rule Walid Bitar Canada
    9781552452547 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:March 15, 2012
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.35 in | 380 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:62 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      In Divide and Rule, Walid Bitar delivers a sequence of dramatic monologues, variations on the theme of power, each in rhymed quatrains. Though the pieces grow out of Bitar’s personal experiences over the last decade, both in North America and the Middle East, he is not primarily a confessional writer. His work might be called cubist, the perspectives constantly shifting, point followed by counterpoint, subtle phrase by savage outburst. Bitar’s enigmatic speakers are partially rational creatures, have some need to explain, and may succeed in partially explaining, but, in the end, communication and subterfuge are inseparable – must, so to speak, co-exist.

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      Walid Bitar was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1961. He immigrated to Canada in 1969. His previous poetry collections are Maps with Moving Parts, 2 Guys on Holy Land, Bastardi Puri and The Empire's Missing Links . He lives in Toronto.
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    9781552452745 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:March 21, 2013
    $17.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.2 in | 140 gr | 80 pages Carton Quantity:72 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      These poems pause for the spectacle: cloning technologies, super-slo-mo photography, narcotic cab rides. Making fun of consciousness, they describe a system of tripwires, pitfalls and decoys that this notion of daily viewership entails. These poems are paeans to our facility for duplicity and self-deception, where the act of living becomes more and more like watching a film in which we play no role.

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      David Seymour's Inter Alia was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. His poems have been included in three Best Canadian Poetry anthologies, shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award and used as song lyrics for The Warped 45's. David lives in Toronto, where he works in the ?lm industry.
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      'For Display Purposes Only is fighting trim, and poem after poem is a knockout blow.' – National Post


      'Whip-pan-smart, ?eet and protean, David Seymour's poems seem to contain the speed of the age. I love their ranginess and ambition, the way they rove through a here-and-now teeming with there-and-then, their speakers' ?ights and turnings through theblizzard. This is a different world, and we live in it.' – Paul Farley


      'From an unemployed Scot in mid-gripe to a photo double floating in a shooting tank, Seymour places us in the domains of various carefully considered strangers "made coherent by reason," but also by an energized curiosity and a humane amusement. Worlds only notionally, minimally there – worlds belonging to whoever briefly inhabits and dreams them – become fully dimensioned, clearly edged under his attention. It's uncanny how he pulls this off. David Seymour is a magician.' – Tim Lilburn

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    Probably Inevitable Matthew Tierney Canada
    9781552452615 Paperback POETRY / Canadian On Sale Date:October 15, 2012
    $17.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.35 in | 0.55 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry (2013)

      If it were necessary to tell someone where I am,
      I’d say the spheres of Kepler resonate like icicles.
      I’d say I have loved.

      These are high-energy poems, riddled with wit and legerdemain and jolted by the philosophy and science of time. 'Time's not the market, it's the bustle; / not the price but worth,'he muses, sailing through the rhythms and algorithms of a world made concrete by Samuel Johnson, before it was undone by Niels Bohr. Tierney's narrators grapple with the gap between what's seen and what's experienced, their minds tuned to one (probably) inevitable truth: the more I understand, the more I understand I'm alone.

      What continues to set Matthew Tierney's poems apart is their uncanny ability to find within the nomenclature of science not mere novelty but a new pathto human frailty, a renewed assertion of individuality, and a genuine awe at existence.

      'It smothers us with normal,' Matthew Tierney writes in his spangled third collection, 'though we cleave to standard deviations.' Deviant, yes; normal and standard, no. These poems are all quantum fluctuation and collapse, language folding in on itself in the gorgeous vacuum of contemporary culture. 'Every p-brane sweeps out a (p+1)-dimensional world volume as it propagates through spacetime,' says Wikipedia. I have no idea what that means, but Matthew Tierney does. Let him school you.' – Michael Robbins

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      Matthew Tierney is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent is Probably Inevitable, which won the 2013 Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English. His previous book, The Hayflick Limit, was shortlisted for a Trillium Book Award. He is a former recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award, and has placed his poems in numerous journals and magazines across Canada. He lives in Toronto.
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    Decomp Jordan Scott Canada, Stephen Collis
    9781552452820 Paperback POETRY / Subjects & Themes On Sale Date:September 20, 2013
    $24.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.4 in | 230 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity:46 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      In the summer of 2009, poets Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott traveled to five distinct ecosystems in British Columbia, leaving a single copy of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species to decay for a year in each remote outdoor location. A year later the texts were retrieved, photographed and documented, and worked into Decomp, an extended photoÂ?essay and prose poem. The poets allowed nature to make 'selections' from Darwin'stext, via decomposition. Each distinct ecosystem offered a different 'reading' of (and through) the rotting book's pages. As evolution works, in Timothy Morton's words, 'Â?through constant rewritings of the DNA sequence,' so the poets found themselves faced with a constantly rewritten Darwin. The final text is 'made up of all kinds of viral code insertions so you can't tell which bit is original.'

      Through colourful photo reproductions and prose meditations on their found texts, Collis and Scott have produced a work that moves beyond the typical dualisms of nature and writing Â? dualisms still active in Darwin's own book.

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      Stephen Collis is an awardÂ?-winning poet, activist and professor of contemporary literature at Simon Fraser University. His poetry books include Anarchive, The Commons, On the Material (awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry) and the forthcoming To the Barricades.

      Jordan Scott is the author of Silt, which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Blert. Blert was adapted into a short film for Bravo! and was the subject of an online interactive documentary commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada.

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