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    First Arleen Paré Canada
    9781771315425 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:May 01, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.46 in | 0.46 lb | 152 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Brick Books
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      Governor General's Award-winning poet Arleen Paré combines the story of two first best friends with questions of the mystery of cosmic first cause.

      The poems in First, Arleen Paré's seventh collection, search for a long-lost first friend. They conjure the subtle layers of meaning in that early friendship to riff on to a search for how we might possibly understand the primal First: the beginnings of the cosmos that contains our own particular lives, beginnings and longings.

      This layered evocation of the past--of childhood in 1950s Dorval, "a green mesh of girls friendships and fights"--and the intensity of the desire to know, give First its haunting beauty. "[T]he word though old fashioned," Paré writes, "is whence . . . unconditioned origins" when "no worthy question is ever answered on the same plane that it was asked; how to frame the question not knowing the plane on which I must ask it."

      "Arleen Paré's First is an intriguing Gertrude Stein as Nancy Drew mystery. Using prose poem narrative and an intense syntactic poetics, Paré discovers the cracks in memory as she documents the search for her first best friend. The cracks in this lyrical puzzle are heightened by a very active and assertive poetic language that compels as it decodes the investigation of childhood memory and desire. The writing in First demonstrates a powerful juxtaposition of the continuous present with the continuous past." --Fred Wah

      "This brilliant collection revolves around firsts, especially a first friend, 'the impress of her never gone.' So too with these poems--tough, sweet and poignant, so surely rendered and musically rich--the impress of these poems never gone."--Lorna Crozier

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      Arleen Paré's first book, Paper Trail, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry and won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Leaving Now, a mixed-genre novel released in 2012, was highlighted on All Lit Up. Lake of Two Mountains, her third book, won the 2014 Governor General's Award for Poetry, was nominated for the Butler Book Prize and won the CBC Bookie Award. Paré's poetry collection, He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car, was a 2015 Victoria Butler Book Prize finalist. The Girls with Stone Faces, her fifth book, won the American Golden Crown Award for poetry in 2018. Her sixth book, Earle Street, was released in Spring, 2020. She lives in Victoria with her partner of forty years.

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    9780889844339 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:May 01, 2020
    $16.95 CAD 5.55 x 8.75 x 0.3 in | 150 gr | 72 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Porcupine's Quill
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      In The Blue Moth of Morning, P. C. Vandall by turns acknowledges, embraces and subverts clichés of female relationships, emotions and bodies, exposing the inner tumult women often try to conceal under a thin veneer of aplomb.

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      P. C. Vandall is the author of three collections of poetry: Something from Nothing, (Writing Knights Press, 2013) Woodwinds (Lipstick Press, 2013) and Matrimonial Cake (Red Dashboard, 2014). Her work has appeared in numerous magazines in Canada as well as England, Ireland, the United States, India, and Australia. She resides on Gabriola Island with her husband and two children.

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    Grey All Over Andrea Actis Canada
    9781771315395 Paperback POETRY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date:April 01, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.58 in | 0.35 lb | 176 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Brick Books
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      "Please stay with me, please stay here, please cause poltergeists in my stupid apartment..."

      Late in the evening of December 13, 2007, Andrea Actis found her father, Jeff, facedown dead in her East Vancouver apartment. So began her passage through grief, self-reckoning, and graduate school in Providence, Rhode Island, where the poetics she studied (and sometimes repudiated) became integral to her gradual reconstruction of wholeness. An assemblage of "evidence" recovered from emails about paranormal encounters sent and received by Jeff ([email protected]), junk mail from false prophets, an annotated excerpt from Laura (Riding) Jackson's The Serious Angels: A True Story, and transcripts of Actis' dreams, conversations, and messages to the dead, Grey All Over not only celebrates a rare, close, complicated father-daughter bond, it also boldly expands the empathetic and critical capacities of poetry itself. In pulling us outside the comfort zones of received aesthetics and social norms, Actis asks us to embrace with whole seriousness "the pragmatics of intuition" in all the ways we read, live, and love.

      "When a loved one dies, there's all this stuff to deal with, and in the midst of grief we begin to collect, sort, document, store, and discard. Andrea Actis has taken the stuff surrounding her father's death and created a book that is, like grief, in turns heartbreaking, wise, chaotic, drunk, wry, and always unflinchingly honest. This powerful testament of survival is for anyone who has felt the 'déjà vu in reverse' of grief. It is for the living." --Sachiko Murakami, author of Render

      "Love letter, experimental poem, meditation, conversation with the dead--Andrea Actis's compelling debut is unlike any memoir I've ever read. In one passage, Actis digs out the biggest piece of bone she can find in the vessel of her father's ashes and gently bites on it. Reading Grey All Over I had a similar sensation. Ash. Bone. Love." --Jen Currin, author of Hider/Seeker

      "This absolutely beautiful work makes plain that seriousness feels like love." --Aisha Sasha John, author of I have to live.

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      Andrea Actis was born in Toronto but for most of her life has lived in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She teaches writing and literature at Capilano University and from 2015 to 2017 edited The Capilano Review. Grey All Over is her first book.

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    9781771337618 Paperback POETRY / Women Authors Publication Date:August 30, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 6 x 7.5 x 0.3 in | 0.25 lb | 124 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Poetry & Fiction Series
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      The Path of Loneliness explores separateness and the many facets of love, desire, grief and loss that we experience during our life journey. Although we walk with others, some closely, some casually, ultimately, we all walk alone. Love makes the path less lonely and comes in many forms, real and surreal, requited and unrequited ghostly and mysterious. Though lovers walk love's pathway together, there is always a small loneliness nestled inside each heart and soul that remains separate. This book opens up the secret world of emotion and spirit sequestered inside us, hidden to our outer selves. The book coaxes the reader to delve into those hidden areas and revisit old secrets, some forgotten and some remembered, allowing us to come away with a truer knowledge of our place in life as we walk our own "Path of Loneliness."

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      Candice James served two terms as Poet Laureate of New Westminster, BC, and is now Poet Laureate Emerita. She is author of thirteen books most recently: Merging Dimensions (2015); Short Shots (2016); Colours of India (2016); City of Dreams: The New Westminster Poems (2016); and The Water Poems (2017). Her poetry has appeared in many international anthologies and magazines and her poems have been translated into Arabic, Italian, Bengali and Farsi. She is also a visual artist, musician, singer/songwriter, workshop facilitator, Founder of Royal City Literary Arts Society, recipient of the Bernie Legge Artist Cultural Award, and Pandora's Collective Citizenship Award. She lives in New Westminster, BC.

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      "Yet again, Candice James has produced a beautiful and heartwarming collection of poetry. A lovely set of poems on landscape, love, and loneliness that gently unfold to leave the reader moved, transported, and inspired. Each line is a soaring melody and when the lines are combined into a powerful whole you have your very own complete symphony."
      -- Alan Hill, Poet Laureate, New Westminster, BC, and author of We Came from Water and Narrow Road to the Far West

      "Candice James is a poet of versatility and expansion. In this collection, The Path of Loneliness, she takes the reader on a journey of the heart. My favourite poem, "Again and Again," speaks of the infinite and the ordinary, in a way that uses cadence to reinforce the impossible. Candice's own strong musical background is the golden thread these poems are attached to. Beautiful language and sparkling imagery make The Path of Loneliness relevant and vital."
      --Jude Neal, author of Impromptu and Splendid in its Silence

      "Of loneliness much has been said. More reflections emerge as we navigate the isolating, unembracing times of covid-19. But here, Candice James paints the purple of being lonely in love. With another brush, the dusty lonely of loss. With another, the shadows of colonized star. All this, on an empty canvas of loneliness as a choice to be made and remade."
      --Salimah Valiani, author of Land of the Sky and Cradles

      "In these poems, Candice James confronts a world of disappointment, loss and sadness when the scintillating promise of romantic love dies. In The Path of Loneliness the journey is one marked by the ghosts of past loves, of regret and unspoken, un-lived intentions. Yet, the way travelled is one of persistence of the soul and spirit to rise through all the elements: air, fire, water, dust to come through. The poet's destination is a place of art, music and most of all, poetry. In the poem "Poets' Dance," James invites us in, "... where liquid, quicksilver lightning / shakes the foundations of the mind / and rocks the questing heart...." Poems of sorrow and dashed hope arrive at the joyful conclusion in the beautifully rhymed final poem: "...something still breathes ... alive in the paint."
      --Pam Galloway, author of Passing Stranger and Parallel Lines

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    Duct-Taped Roses Billeh Nickerson Canada
    9781771666909 Paperback POETRY / LGBTQ+ Publication Date:April 15, 2021
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 140 gr | 112 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      In Duct-Taped Roses, Billeh Nickerson shares heartbreaks and offers odes and elegies in reflections on family, community, life, and loss.

      As a bush pilot, Nickerson's father would duct-tape his planes to keep them flying. The poignancy of his relationship with his father is celebrated here in the long poem "Skies." Other poems reminisce about love and the complex resiliency of gay men.

      Through his signature irreverence, honesty and wit, Nickerson explores what can be repaired, what must be celebrated, and what—inevitably—is lost to time.

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      Billeh Nickerson is the author of six previous books, including Artificial Cherry, which was nominated for the City of Vancouver Book Award. He a past editor of both Event and Prism International, and co-editor of the groundbreaking anthology Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets. He lives and works in Vancouver where he is the co-chair of the Creative Writing Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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    Lullabies in the Real World Meredith Quartermain Canada
    9781988732787 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 01, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 9 x 0 in | 0 lb | 108 pages Carton Quantity:81 Canadian Rights: Y NeWest Press
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      Meredith Quartermain's Lullabies in the Real World is a sequence of poems about a train journey from West Coast to East Coast that invokes a patchwork of regions, voices and histories. Her language zings with train rhythms as she unfolds a complex conversation with poets such as bpNichol and Robin Blaser.

      This collection reflects and refracts Canada from diverse angles, and challenges colonizing literatures such as the Odyssey and various canonical British and US voices. As it moves from west to east, the book journeys back in time to interrogate historical events such as the Battle of the Plains of Abraham and the exclusion of Acadians. It ends by imagining a time before or outside colonization.

      Rich, playful and confrontational, Lullabies in the Real World widens the poetic lens of poetry to investigate the place of a colonial nation in history, and the place of a poet vis-à-vis the voices of other poets.

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      Meredith Quartermain is a poet and novelist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her first book of poetry, Vancouver Walking, won a BC Book Award for poetry; Recipes from the Red Planet was a finalist for a BC Book Award for fiction; and Nightmarker was a finalist for a Vancouver Book Award. A novel called Rupert's Land was released by NeWest Press in Fall 2013. She has since published a collection of stories entitled I, Bartleby, in 2015, and a novel, U Girl, in 2016. She is also cofounder of Nomados Literary Publishers, who have brought out more than 45 chapbooks of innovative Canadian and US writing since 2002. From 2014 to 2016, she was Poetry Mentor in the SFU Writer's Studio Program, and she has enjoyed leading workshops at the Kootenay School of Writing, The Toronto New School of Writing and Naropa University.

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      Praise for Lullabies in the Real World:

      "Meredith Quartermain's new collection of poems ... puts colonization under the literary microscope."
      ~BC BookWorld

      "While imagining a time before or without colonization, the collection also challenges colonizing literatures such as the Odyssey, along with various British and U.S. voices that make up the literary canon."
      ~ CBC Books

      "Quartermain delights in wordplay, rhythm and rhyme, although she never holds any of these for long, making the poems musical and wild even as they refuse to stay still for too long... Despite her dark materials, Quartermain's poems gleam."
      ~ Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press"This is a kind of anti-epic, challenging and provocative."
      ~ Barbara Carey, Toronto Star

      "Playful and serious, waving to bpNichol, Robin Blaser, and Homer, Meredith Quartermain questions and elicits the classic cross-Canada poetic journey. Her cut-ups and substantiations, echoes and plot decoys, rhythmic clickings, bilanguaged mashups and toponomastic calibrations bring us a joyous un-epic, full of Learning Coordinators, museums, watercourses, city streets, and the inside/outside of identity and weather, historical and new."
      ~ Erín Moure, award-winning author of The Elements

      "Meredith Quartermain torques the fabric of language to move us across the Canadian landscape between train tracks, tanneries, and graffiti tags with the rhythm of a dancing ear and a flaneuse's critical eye. These are poems made of breath, rifts, and music, at once impressionistic and precise. They unsettle history and make us party."
      ~ Shazia Hafiz Ramji, author of Port of Being

      "Ride the Quartermain line. Steam across Canada on the milkiest of runs with this guide, alert always to the particular ecological, historical, and literary strata of places. With language as its engine, Lullabies goes irrepressibly off the rails at every turn, and in those detours shows us where we live."
      ~ Susan Holbrook, author of Throaty Wipes

      "In Lullabies in the Real World, Meredith Quartermain takes us 'backwards,' by train, along the literal tracks laid down by the colonial enterprise that made Canada. Her poems shush and clunk to us as we move across over-storied territories, not to lull us to sleep but to wake us out of false knowing. Her sound-songs challenge our attachment to colonial place names and histories, spinning new yarns of possibility to unknow, unremember and unharm. Quartermain's earnest unmappings help us imagine a futurity 'before sixty-second minutes,' in fuller harmony with the lands' long histories."
      ~ Sonnet L'Abbé, author of Sonnet's Shakespeare

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    9780888017277 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 15, 2021
    $17.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.26 in | 0.14 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Turnstone Press
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      Poised between thoughts of mortality and an exquisite taste for the most tender, small details of life, the poems in Nostalgia for Moving Parts are whimsical, quirky, and resonant with memory. Deeply grounded in the rainy mists and green reeds of the Canadian west coast, solitude becomes a spiritual practice transmuting loneliness and loss into grand appreciations for the gift of childhood and the untravelled road ahead.

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      Diane Tucker is a poet, editor, fiction writer, and playwright from Vancouver, BC. Her work has been widely anthologized and published in more than seventy journals in Canada and abroad. Her first poetry collection, God on His Haunches (Nightwood Editions, 1996), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Nostalgia for Moving Parts is her fourth book of poems.

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      When Diane Tucker hangs up a payphone in Nostalgia for Moving Parts' title poem, she observes that 'there is (oh unexpected pleasure) a real click.' When she lays down to sleep: 'the prayers / that fight up through me make a sort of hum.' Click and hum. Nostalgia and prayer. What's been and what will always be. Nostalgia for Moving Parts reminds us how to hear and see the ephemeral in the eternal and the eternal in the ephemeral: the moving parts of all our lives.
      --Rob Taylor, Strangers

      Diane Tucker's gentle humour combines with a refreshing directness of language and a sharply observed sense of colour and texture. As she explores her own Vancouver background and memories, she meditates on the loss of her parents and her own ageing.
      -- Christopher Levenson, Night Vision

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    Primal Sketches Caroline Wong Canada
    9781773240862 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Grade (US) from 10 - 12 Publication Date:April 15, 2021
    $17.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 150 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:82 Canadian Rights: Y Signature Editions
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      Fueled by our perpetual need to find meaning and purpose in our lives, Primal Sketches is a book that considers how our actions profoundly effect the lives of fellow humans as well as the natural world around us. How our desire to connect, care, and empathize, are constantly interrupted by feelings of insecurity and growing anxiety of our uncertain future in a world that is continually bombarded by global conflicts and environmental crises. However, our determination to carry on provides glimpses of hope amid brutal and unthinkable actions and these bright, tender moments reveal our capacity to learn, understand, and love--the essence of our humanity.

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      Caroline Wong came to Canada from China in her early teen and lived in Vancouver's Chinatown with her family from the 1950s to the early 1960s. She is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University's Writer's Studio and her work has appeared in Grain, Prism International, Rice Paper, the Prose Poem Project, and West Coast Line. She currently lives in Burnaby, BC.

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    Response of Weeds, The A Misplacement of Black Poetry on the Prairies Bertrand Bickersteth Canada
    9781988732794 Paperback POETRY / American Publication Date:April 01, 2020
    $18.95 CAD 5.5 x 9 x 0 in | 1 lb | 108 pages Carton Quantity:90 Canadian Rights: Y NeWest Press
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      Winner of the 2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award!
      Winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
      Winner of a 2021 High Plains Book Award for First Book!
      Finalist for the 2020 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize!
      A 2020 CBC Poetry Book of the Year!
      Finalist for a 2021 High Plains Book Award for Poetry

      Bertrand Bickersteth's debut poetry collection explores what it means to be black and Albertan through a variety of prisms: historical, biographical, and essentially, geographical. The Response of Weeds offers a much-needed window on often overlooked contributions to the province's character and provides personal perspectives on the question of black identity on the prairies. Through these rousing and evocative poems, Bickersteth uses language to call up the contours of the land itself, land that is at once mesmerizing as it is dismissively effacing. Such is black identity here on this paradoxical land, too.

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      Born in Sierra Leone, Bertrand Bickersteth grew up in Edmonton, Calgary, and Olds, Alberta. After an English degree at UBC, Bertrand continued studying in the U.K. and later taught in the U.S. A return to Alberta provided him with new insights on black identity and most of his writing has been committed to these perspectives ever since.. Although he writes in several genres, anticlimactically, the topic is always the same: what does it mean to be black and from the prairies? He has also given many public talks including a TED Talk for BowValleyCollegeTEDx called The Weight of Words. His poetry has appeared in several publications, including most recently The Antigonish Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Fieldstone Review. He has also been published in The Great Black North and the forthcoming anthology The Black Prairie Archives (2020). In 2018, he was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. He lives in Calgary, teaches at Olds College, and writes everywhere.

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      Gerald Lampert Memorial Award 2021, Winner
      Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry at the Alberta Literary Awards 2021, Winner
      High Plains Book Award: First Book 2021, Winner
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      Praise for The Response of Weeds:

      "In its form and content, The Response of Weeds represents a vigorous and erudite excavation of history and a carefully constructed reclamation of place, both geographically located and culturally significant."
      ~ Valerie Mason-John, Quill & Quire

      "[an] innovative and ambitious first collection"
      ~ Christine Wiesenthal, Alberta Views

      "The Response of Weeds draws us into a confluence of geography, music, and identity, in which the voices of 20th Century Black artists fluidly merge with the prairies. In Bickersteth's interpretation we hear a blue modality and we feel Alberta sung as a point of arrival and departure, a junction in the diaspora. This collection questions place and belonging as it amplifies the Black prairie."
      ~ Kaie Kellough, author of Magnetic Equator

      "In these poems, Bickersteth invites the reader to revisit the prairies as landscape, but also as part of Black history, geography, and psychic and poetic space. Readers lucky enough to travel with him through these lands will discover new meanings and agricultures (in every sense of the word), as well as uncomfortable and exquisite truths as Bickersteth retells the prairies and makes them new again. This is an essential book by an enormously talented writer."
      ~ Suzette Mayr, author of Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall

      "A man can't step in the Athabasca River twice, because when he steps back in, it's a different river, and he's a different man. How much more transformation, then, when the river is the entire Atlantic Ocean and the land-length of North America? As a word-rider originally from Sierra Leone, poet Bertrand Bickersteth knows about wandering emotional and geographical distance, and is perhaps better suited than most to consider reality from multiple historical angles, since Sierra Leone is a nation of people who triumphed above of Western genocide on their own West African soil, and others who returned in the 19th Century from the Americas transformed and traumatized.
      In The Response of Weeds, Bertrand Bickersteth is our wayfarer, drawing us--and the West Africans called 'Americans' he's tracking--across once-innocent prairies and lethal frozen landscapes in an exploration of our colonial, colonized Canadian history, and of ourselves. To whatever degree he's drawing upon his Sierra Leonean transatlantic perspective, he imparts a vision that is microscopic, telescopic, and kaleidoscopic, bearing witness to the pain and the beauty from the uncomfortably near and the philosophically far, and letting it all reflect back upon itself, and us. His verse, finely hewn, glitters with light that both dazzles and burns. He's the CanLit I never got to experience in all my time in school and university. If the CanLit gatekeepers will finally accept that literature doesn't need gated communities, Bertrand Bickersteth should be welcomed at every door."
      ~ Minister Faust, Kindred Award-winning author of Shrinking the Heroes

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    Moldovan Hotel Leah Horlick Canada
    9781771315456 Paperback POETRY / LGBTQ+ Publication Date:April 01, 2021
    $20.00 CAD 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.18 in | 0.12 lb | 64 pages Carton Quantity:70 Canadian Rights: Y Brick Books
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      Moldovan Hotel explores the intergenerational trauma of the Holocaust in Romania through a queer Jewish voice in the Diaspora.

      In 2017, Leah Horlick travelled to Romania to revisit the region her Jewish ancestors fled. What she unearthed there is an elaborate web connecting conscious worlds to subconscious ones, fascism to neofascisms, Europe to the Americas to the Middle East, typhus to HIV/AIDS, genocide in Romania to land grabs in Palestine, women's lives in farming villages to queer lives in the city, language to its trap doors, and love to its hidden, ancestral obligations.

      With force, clarity and searing craft, Horlick's poems are equal to the urgency of our political moment. "No one ever thinks they might be the dragon," Horlick writes, and yet history repeats its cruelties. This work takes things apart to put them profoundly back together.

      "If Leah Horlick's second book invited us to witness, this time she draws from her Jewish heritage and takes us back to show us how to read the landscape and mind-scape and tell us what the texts left out. This is an accounting, a calling, an invocation, a return, a skilful mediation on how to remember when the 'names of the oppressors are blotted out'." -- Juliane Okot Bitek, author of 100 Days

      "Every poem in Moldovan Hotel is a room thick with ghosts. Here, Horlick takes the language of the past--used to dehumanize and unmoor--and crystalizes it around revelation after revelation. A graceful, striking collection." -- Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House

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      Leah Horlick grew up as a settler on Treaty Six Cree territory and the homelands of the Métis in Saskatchewan. Her first collection of poetry, Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012) was shortlisted for both a ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award. In 2016 she won the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, Canada's only award for LGBT emerging writers. That same year, her second collection, For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), was named Stonewall Honor Title by the American Library Association. In 2018, her piece "You Are My Hiding Place" was named Poem of the Year by ARC Poetry Magazine and shortlisted for inclusion in the 44th Pushcart Prize by the Pushcart Board of Editors. She lives in Calgary.

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