Thistledown Press Spring 2019 catalogue

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    9781771871914 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 250 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:60 Thistledown Press
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      In his new book of poems, A Matins Flywheel, John Lent brings a life-long fascination with literary forms to the hybrid prose/poetry of a new long poem called “Matins for St. Agnes of The Crossroads: 62nd Avenue and 109th Street, Edmonton,” and to the new, loose, genre-mixing poems and prose sketches about growing up in Edmonton, Lent’s love of jazz, his travel to Prague, and his remembering the writing legacy of Robert Kroetsch. Because these meditations and poems are rooted in the visceral struggles to find the necessary love and honesty required to live through some harrowing health mysteries, these meditations surface close to the bones of our contemporary lives and celebrate an almost unearthly delight of skin and texture and breath and light and love. This writing is not fooling around; it wants a lot. And like the work of Lent’s self-declared models — Robert Kroetsch, Sheila Watson, Eileen Myles, John Berger, W.G. Sebald, Per Petterson, Pierre Michon, Jake Kennedy and Marilyn Robinson — he sings the reader right smack dab back into the density of these times and some of its luminous joys and sorrows. “I feel I have been writing towards this book all my life,” Lent says, explaining what he was trying to do in A Matins Flywheel. “[The book] tries to run with everything I have learned about forms of consciousness in literature into a kind of baffling wonder at the truth of those shattering, fragmented forms themselves, the human exhilaration in them as subject and object.” A Matins Flywheel is an exciting, new book by an accomplished, innovative writer.
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      John Lent is a writer and teacher of writing and a singer/songwriter who has been publishing and performing since the mid-seventies. Lent has published six volumes of poetry, three volumes of fiction, and one book of conversations about the writing life with Robert Kroetsch. Lent’s last three books were The Path To Ardroe (2012), Cantilevered Songs (2009) and So It Won’t Go Away (2005). John Lent’s books have been long-listed for the Re-Lit Award, and short-listed for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. For a more detailed sense of Lent’s career go to his website: www.johnlent.ca.

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    Oona River Poems Peter Christensen Canada
    9781771871907 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 250 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:96 Thistledown Press
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      Peter Christensen began his writing career at the University of Lethbridge in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Creative Writing. While there, he started up one of Alberta’s first literary magazines,Canada Goose with fellow writing student, Lorne Daniel.

      Christensen juggled his literary writing career with his passion for exploring wilderness mountain areas of Alberta, BC, Yukon and NWT. He worked at various times as a guide, ranch hand, and Park Ranger. As a result, his working, writing, and literary career is diverse; his relationship with the natural world became his muse and is reflected in this collection. He lived in Oona River in the years it took him to write this collection.

      Peter has published four books of poetry with Thistledown Press and one "best seller" of creative non-fiction stories with Heritage House Publishing. Several chapbooks were published by small presses in Canada and USA.

      His poems have been published in numerous anthologies, writing journals, and literary magazines in Canada, Denmark, and USA, and he has performed many readings throughout Canada and the US. Peter collaborated with New Music Composer Robert Rosen, writing three librettos for the outdoor operas Canyon Shadows that were performed across Canada. "Hailstorm", the title poem from his first book with Thistledown Press was arranged for voice and orchestra by Robert Rosen, performed internationally, was most recently sung by Michelle Todd at Carnegie Hall in New York, 2017.

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      Peter Christensen began his writing career at the University of Lethbridge in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Creative Writing. While there, he started up one of Alberta’s first literary magazines,Canada Goose with fellow writing student, Lorne Daniel. Christensen juggled his literary writing career with his passion for exploring wilderness mountain areas of Alberta, BC, Yukon and NWT. He worked at various times as a guide, ranch hand, and Park Ranger. As a result, his working, writing, and literary career is diverse; his relationship with the natural world became his muse and is reflected in this collection. He lived in Oona River in the years it took him to write this collection. Peter has published four books of poetry with Thistledown Press and one “best seller” of creative non-fiction stories with Heritage House Publishing. Several chapbooks were published by small presses in Canada and USA. His poems have been published in numerous anthologies, writing journals, and literary magazines in Canada, Denmark, and USA, and he has performed many readings throughout Canada and the US. Peter collaborated with New Music Composer Robert Rosen, writing three librettos for the outdoor operas Canyon Shadows that were performed across Canada. “Hailstorm”, the title poem from his first book with Thistledown Press was arranged for voice and orchestra by Robert Rosen, performed internationally, was most recently sung by Michelle Todd at Carnegie Hall in New York, 2017.
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    Lift Emily Davidson Canada
    9781771871921 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $12.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 200 gr | 64 pages Carton Quantity:156 Thistledown Press
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      The debut collection of New Brunswick poet Emily Davidson, Lift is an examination of how to be alive without being adrift. Loosely narrative, the collection spans two Canadian coasts, its speaker a transplant from Atlantic to Pacific. Lift asks questions of of revellers at house parties, of ex-lovers, of classic films and grade-school dramas. Through careful observation, wry humour, and inquisitive uncertainty, Davidson charts her course through solitude and disconnection back to her roots and into the unknown. Comprising poems that are colloquial and elaborate, familiar and fresh, unshrinking and compassionate, Lift assembles a miscellany of what is borne away on the tide, and what comes back again. Lift carves a path through the world, into the heart, and arrives at last at home.

      Davidson’s poetry is awash with language that lifts off the page and ranges from the rhythms and beats of youthful discovery to the pulses and throbs of the natural world that merge with city life. Gently philosophical about the voyage of self-discovery and what must be left behind to move ahead, it employs both a narrative structure for careful telling and a lyrical base for the huge emotional geography of Canada’s coasts.

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      Emily Davidson is a writer from Saint John, New Brunswick. Her poetry has appeared in publications including Arc, CV2, Descant, The Fiddlehead, Room, subTerrain, and The Best Canadian Poetry 2015. Her fiction has appeared in Grain and Maisonneuve and was short-listed for The Malahat Review’s 2013 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. She writes literary reviews for Arc and Poetry is Dead.

      Emily resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

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    9781771871945 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $12.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 200 gr | 64 pages Carton Quantity:156 Thistledown Press
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      These poems recall and reimagine a family’s life in Spillimacheen, British Columbia – no plumbing, no central heating — and a childhood spent outdoors, framed by the Rockies and Purcell Mountains.

      Wound through this collection are the tensions and hostilities that go back generations, to the great-great grandparents who immigrated from urban centres and settled in isolation. Women forced to relinquish their children to the lure of the rivers and men who trudged the trapline and worked in mines.

      The voice in these poems, never sentimental and rarely tender, winds through birch leaves, birdsong and snake skins. Circumspect, it attempts to gather the gnawing secrets of a family’s history as they negotiated the hardships of rural life. The language is visceral — mud and blood and dust — and juxtaposed by the psychological agonies of waiting. Throughout, landscape bears down and uplifts, in unequal measure. "Bats flicker over the sloughs, the last reflected daylight. Ahead, the house lights are on." At its heart, a little girl rides a dust horse in the parking lot outside the bar, where her father drinks; years later, she waits in the truck for hours, to drive him home.

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      Catherine J. Stewart is a poet from Victoria, BC. Her poems have been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award and for the Malahat Review’s Far Horizon Award for Poetry. Her work is published in Grain, untethered, Room, and The Dalhousie Review and is included in the League of Canadian Poets’ anthology, Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees. Her appreciation of the natural world (she is an avid kayaker and hiker) is apparent in her poetry. Catherine has a BA in writing from the University of Victoria, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. She divides her time between her family homestead in Spillimacheen, where these poems were born, and her home in Victoria, BC.

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    This Hole Called January Paula Jane Remlinger Canada
    9781771871938 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $12.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 200 gr | 64 pages Carton Quantity:156 Thistledown Press
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      From Superman to James Bond, from childhood’s imaginings to life’s darkest moments, Paula Remlinger explores identity and depression with humour and empathy. The collection moves from innocent beginnings to the starkness of the Canadian winter and its profound effects on the psyche. The final section expands into a playful juxtaposition of popular culture and an adult awareness of the inevitable cycles of life.

      Winter on the prairies brings a barren sense of isolation, as well as an uncanny beauty. These poems explore the duality of winter — confinement in an infinite landscape, the hopeful longing for an out of reach springtime. Remlinger writes of the beginning and end of things, the balance between life and death, and the spaces we live in between. With humour and elegance, these poems will speak to everyone who has felt the dark days of winter closing in, physically and metaphorically.

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      Paula Jane Remlinger’s work has appeared in On Spec, CV2, Room, Grain, Prairie Fire, and The New Quarterly, as well as other journals and anthologies. She is the author of several teacher resource guides (Coteau and Thistledown), and enjoys writing for children and adults. She holds four degrees, including an M.A. in English from the University of Saskatchewan where she wrote her thesis on late Saskatchewan poet John V. Hicks, and an MFA (UBC). She lives in Beaver Creek, SK, with her husband, Trent, and works at the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.

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    Five Red Sentries Raye Hendrickson Canada
    9781771871952 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:May 01, 2019
    $12.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 in | 200 gr | 64 pages Carton Quantity:156 Thistledown Press
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      Hendrickson’s debut collection Five Red Sentries feeds our explorer nature. Nothing is too big or too small to kindle curiosity. From imagining what it feels like to be a "sheet of rain" or an acrobat in outer space "spring-boarding from the edge of the earth" to musing about prairie landscapes ("wide open space/spreads like a blanket,") Raye Hendrickson takes us on journeys that evoke deep and mysterious longings. She explores connections, and the depletion we feel when someone or something vital is lost to us ("death stole my grounding.") She explores her own inner terrain, using the image of walking the railway track as a forum for "questions about green or stars or skinned knees." Finally, Hendrickson celebrates the emergence of strength ("heat/rises, fills my legs and feet, propels/me to dance, to carry myself tall") and the joy of embracing life ("green, the colour of yes.")

      "Raye Hendrickson’s poem "Marguerite Lake" with its sensual and tactile imagery . . . makes the reader feel as if he or she inhabits the same summer scene replete with algae lake, hot sun, and saskatoons ready to be picked. — gillian harding-russell

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      Working as a massage therapist allows Raye Hendrickson to inhabit the inner workings of our bodies, and her poetry affords the opportunity to explore the challenges of our mind and spirit. Celebrating her home terrain of Saskatchewan, Hendrickson says the prairies allow her to breathe and feel a genuine sense of place. "I love my work as a massage therapist, and I love the work of poetry." She lives and writes in Regina, Treaty 4 Territory. Her work has been published in Spring, The Society, and the anthology line dance.

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