Series: Salt PhysicPaperbackJacqueline Larson9781897141243$20.00POETRY Nov 15, 2008
Alberta's oil boom of the late 1960s and early 1970s shook things up. Money rushed into and out of people's pockets; the church's changing authority was echoed in empty pews; both women and men stumbled off well-worn paths of expectation and desire. In Jacqueline Larson's keen collection, lives lived in rebellion, contradiction, anticipation and impatience interact as the poet traces in particular one young woman's attempts to escape her traditions. With hard-won wisdom which comes from the cycles of departure and return, these are poems that q... + Read More
Editor Rishma Dunlop is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry: Metropolis (2005), Reading like a Girl (2004), and The Body of My Garden (2002). She is co-editor of Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets (2004). Her radio drama, 'The Raj Kumari's Lullaby,' was commissioned and produced by CBC Radio. Her awards include the Emily Dickinson Prize for Poetry in 2003 and she was a finalist for the CBC Canada Council Literary Awards in 1998. Her essays, poetry, reviews, and keynote lectures have been published international... + Read More
Series: Be Calm, HoneyPaperbackDavid McFadden9781894469388$18.95POETRY Nov 01, 2008
In his first book since the Griffin-shortlisted Why Are You So Sad?, David W. McFadden offers up a gross of sonnets that display his trademark wit, mischief, curiosity, and quirky wisdom. A tour de force of compression, these brief poems Ñ as full and satisfying as his longer narrative works Ñ explore politics, religion, love, and poetry itself, with cameo appearances by Charles Bukowski, Jesus Christ, George Bowering, and Junichiro Tanizaki. Be Calm, Honey is at once deeply humanistic, poignant, and funny as hell, plainspoken, philosophical, a... + Read More
Series: FlutterPaperbackAlice Burdick9781894469418$16.95POETRY Nov 01, 2008
Nova Scotia poet Alice Burdick's second major poetry collection is a cat's cradle of startling imagistic leaps and quiet meditations. Burdick sets her lateral gaze on small-town news stories, banal occurrences, and the tiny things of a semi-rural life. In the tradition of John Ashbery or Lorine Niedecker, her cubist portraits and landscapes are imbued with a joyous wordplay, even when the poems are heartbreaking. Each Burdick poem Ñ whether it's five lines or five pages Ñ is a journey of surprise, bewilderment, and perhaps even revelation.
Series: BreakerPaperbackSue Sinclair9781894078665$18.00POETRY Oct 30, 2008
The essence, the quintessence, of lyric poetry.Sue Sinclair is the director inheritor of the great early 20th Century German poet, Rilke: she possesses intense lyrical vision, steeped in wonder at the existence of the world, and a kind of grief at our inability to lose ourselves in it completely. Her perception is acutely focused and rigorous; and she is acutely self-aware. She is not afraid of words like "beauty" or "being," yet, because of the intensity of her vision, she never uses them as clichŽs. Her gift for metaphor is astonishing and ma... + Read More
Series: Hawk, ThePaperbackRob Rolfe9780978280673$14.95POETRY Oct 24, 2008
Series: In StereoPaperbackPaul Hegedus9781897388235$18.00POETRY Oct 15, 2008
In stereophonic recording, twin microphones are positioned in order to more accurately record and represent a sonic moment. In Stereo takes this as its guiding principle. The collection is a record of dualities: this is split speaker, split personality, poetic turntablism flipped a-side to b-side. Found language from a wide variety of source texts forms a mashup of manipulated sampled materials: from CD copyright lingo to pop culture text to sound ecology, pataphysics, Sun Ra and Gertrude Stein. In Stereo demonstrates the potential transience a... + Read More
Series: The SubWayPaperbackPhilip Quinn9781897388273$20.00POETRY Oct 15, 2008
The Toronto subway system functions like a mirror, you see what you want to see; sometimes acts of inexpressible kindness and beauty, and often just that cold paralyzing indifference that exists between strangers. Ensconced in the hard physicality of the Toronto subway system, its mechanisms and those elements of humanity that occasionally peer out from behind the Metro, The Sub Way illustrates the history of the TTC and the parallel impact it has on those riding it. The Sub Way examines an underground that in many ways performs as the central ... + Read More
Series: Tender ButtonsPaperbackGertrude Stein9781897388259$15.00POETRY Oct 15, 2008
A seminal text in the history of poetry and poetics, Tender Buttons was originally published in 1914 and is considered one of the great Modern experiments in verse. At one time or another it has been thought of as a masterpiece of Cubism, a modernist triumph, a spectacular failure, a collection of confusing gibberish, and an intentional hoax. Despite the fact that it was written by an ex-pat American, the text of Tender Buttons has had massive infuence on Canadian poetry and poetics for nearly three quarters of a century. Therefore, BookThug is... + Read More
Series: Every Way OaklyPaperbackSteve McCaffery9781897388266$15.00POETRY Oct 15, 2008
Originally published in an edition of 100 copies for a class at the University of Alberta in 1976, Every Way Oakly is Steve McCaffery's homolinguistic translation of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons. The original edition, which appeared as a classy photocopied edition printed on letter-sized sheets and stapled along spine, has been unavailable since its publication. Over the years bits and pieces have appeared in anthologies and selected works, but the collection has never been reissued in its entirety. Until now. Playful and engaging, these poe... + Read More
Series: Body of TextPaperbackMichael V. Smith9781897388280$20.00POETRY Aug 15, 2010
Body of Text is a collection of concrete poems made by marrying poetry with body-based performance art and documentary photography. Dressed in a full black body-suit, Michael V. Smith is photographed by David Ellingsen in hundreds of poses which resemble Greco-Roman letters, Asian characters, hieroglyphs, or Rorschach inkblots. These are then arranged in book form, to a maximum of three images per page. In the same spirit of Ômoving beyond language' as heard in the sound poetry of Christian Bök, the poems in Body of Text occupy a liminal space ... + Read More
Variations on Hölderlin is informed by a particular etymology of the verb "to translate": to move the dead from one place to another. The corpse in question here belongs to Friedrich Hölderlin, the schizophrenic Romantic poet subsequently canonized by such figures as Nietzsche and Heidegger. But whereas these theorists all too often arrest his corpus in order to conduct their critical autopsies, the Variations resurrect Hölderlin to the modern day, where his schizophrenic obsessions with the gods are now updated through contemporary celestial... + Read More
Imagine a world just like our own: the celebrities march their sequined parade on TV, the Dairy Queens dollop out fat splooges of frozen yogurt, folks hump one another like they always have, and sometimes there's shoplifting, and sometimes there's love. Except there's no morality, none at all, which skews things some. Murder happens off-handedly, as a joke, the librarians are all on acid, at parties people chug goblets of their own pee, and Fred Savage has been crowned king of Romania. This is the world of All Our Grandfathers Are Ghosts, a bo... + Read More
Series: JackPaperbackMike Spry9780973943870$10.00POETRY Oct 15, 2008
Jack is comprised of poems that reconsider the method in which the desperate periphery manage the minutiae of existence. Set against the backdrop of a distilled urban landscape, the speakers in Jack find themselves lost in the bars, bottles and back alleys of their narratives. The result is a dark, acerbic, honest, and humourous collection that challenges not only the manner in which its speakers confront the mundane, but the traditions of poetry that have done the same.
Imagine Stephen Leacock behind the easel of Tom Thomson and you'll approach Peter McEwen's distinctive poetic "geopsyche." According to Al Moritz, Peter McEwen's poetry is "exemplary for its wit and penetration of social psychology." While definitely regional, his region is one we all share, at least at times. Broadly accessible, and often laced with humour and satire, his poetry is intellectually and emotionally challenging.
Winner of the 2009 Lampman-Scott Award (for the best book of poetry in the National Capital Region) and shortlisted for the 2009 ReLit Award Lucid accurate detail and music at every turn.Many of the poems in Noble Gas, Penny Black explore the subject of departure and arrival, an ongoing theme in David O’Meara’s work. Travel – being between places, in stations and airports and unfamiliar cities – creates a psychological, emotional space rife with reassessment, where the individual dwells simultaneously in the future and in the past. At the same... + Read More
The Abbey of Gethsemani is one of the most famous monasteries in the world. In this new Black Moss anthology, poet John B. Lee has pulled together a remarkable collection of writing about the Abbey by authors who have stayed there and by monks who have lived there. Against the backdrop of this writing is the presence of the late poet and philosopher Thomas Merton who made this Abbey famous with his book Seven Storey Mountain.
Series: Within WithinPaperbackPeter Levitt9780887534461$15.95POETRY Sep 15, 2008
In his first volume of poetry in15 years, award-winning author Peter Levitt has used his compelling poetic skill bring to life poems of great intimacy that affirm the essential connection all things share. Within Within brings to life the local world Levitt loves in a way that undeniably places beneath our feet "the unmoving ground beneath the ground / where we stagger, or stride."
This collection focuses on the link between landscape and language, place and identity. The poems extend this exploration through the themes of darkness, ignorance, loneliness, the familiar made strange and of how we deal with it in language as the images that haunt us are made tangible in words. Where the Night Comes Closest is divided into four movements. In the Beginning, What Remains, Waking Up and Writing Down the Moon. It ends with a Coda in the form of a ghazal whose repetition of memory in all its forms sums up the four movements of th... + Read More
Series: Reading the WaterPaperbackLaurence Hutchman9780887534478$10.00POETRY Sep 15, 2008
Water is theme of this latest book of poetry by Laurence Hutchman. The opening poems, written at The Great Mother Conference in Camp Kieve, associate water with art and creativity. Others use a stream as a metaphor for the mind, make family associations and explore the less peaceful aspects of water.
In this first book, Ross Belor invokes four essential elements: the vastness of the Canadian landscape, the natural world, longing for another and the religious. These elements are used to develop an arc through the five sections of the book that focuses on the theme of self exploration.
Series: Red MadonnaPaperbackDianne Joyce9780887534522$15.95POETRY Sep 15, 2008
The poems in this collection are about questing, plumbing the depths of one's own soul and finding out what clicks, what works, what the future might be if all the elements fall into place. As Joyce says: "The thing about quests is that you never go on one alone. There are those you meet along your life's journey who help you move toward your destination. In this collection, unlikely people and situations appear and offer their own stories which help move the quest along." Joyce develops these poems into a unique connection with the Goddess tha... + Read More
Gabriel's Beach is Neal McLeod's second book with Hagios Press. In this new book he takes on the stories of his relations and ancestors including his Grandfather's harrowing war experiences. McLeod engages in history without losing himself in it, and brings forth the power of a human voice moving story toward myth. In these intuitive, confident, and powerful poems we learn of battles and of survival, and of the ultimate scars that history has served on aboriginal people in this part of North America. Here is a poet who is not only a witness ... + Read More
In You Gary Hyland has written a facinating exploration into poetic form with the spotlight set on the pronoun "you". As Hyland imaginatively reveals, there are six different "modes" for using "you" and each "usage" forms a section in the book. Captivating to read and driven by Hyland's remarkable craft for music and insight, this book delves deeply into the nuances of the intent and expectation for both poet and reader.
There's an automatic impulse within the human species, the way its cities spring up all over the planet just as ant colonies do. Humans reproduce by way of towns and metropolises, replicating the bee-dances of the Romans, Greeks, and Babylonians, unconsciously invoking rituals of the past in tranceful reveries of the future.In expeditions to City Hall, the police station, the sugar refinery, and the courthouse, Nightmarker explores the human city as an animal behaviour, a museum, and a dream of modernity. It also records the journey of Geo, an ... + Read More
We exist at the pleasure of our great familiars, chief among them, water. Water is: Source. Sustainer. Old faithful. Or so we thought, generation unto generation. Into our complacency comes present danger to the planet: alarming announcements of drought, famine, thirst and flood. Against the growing apocalyptic clamour, Watermarks raises an anthem to water's many guises. The work tours through water's family album. Page’s poems make their way upstream, follow icebergs across Davis Strait, picnic on the shores of Lake Huron. One suffers through... + Read More
Penny Dreadfuls were popular, cheaply produced 19th century magazines filled with brutal and sensationalist tales. In her uncompromising second collection of poetry, Vancouver poet Shannon Stewart revisits their grisly spirit through a series of meditations that examine the media’s obsession for luridness, be it tabloids or “respectable” newspapers. At the centre of the book is the story of accused serial killer Robert Pickton. In poems of great psychological risk-taking, Stewart tracks the missing women of Vancouver’s East Side and describes—u... + Read More
Series: Recklessness of Love, TheBawajiganan gaye Ni-maanedam (Dreams and Regrets)PaperbackAl Hunter9780978499815$16.00POETRY Aug 31, 2008
Series: CypressPaperbackBarbara Klar9781894078672$18.00POETRY Aug 30, 2008
A poetic vision quest and pilgrimage into the numinous presence of the Cypress Hills.Cypress is a series of linked meditative poems focusing on the Cypress Hills of southwestern Saskatchewan, a remarkable landform that Barbara Klar has come to know intimately. Moving with grace between the perceptual moment and its visionary dimension, Klar opens numinous avenues of reconnection to place. Wind is Pine for listen.Snap means wait.And the shadow worddangles from the witch's hairand fights the old war of deadfall and poursfrom the one-toothed garg... + Read More
Series: Serenity of Stone. TheForeword by Giller Prize and Commonwealth Writers Prize Winner Austin ClarkePaperbackMichael Fraser9780978379346$19.95POETRY Aug 01, 2008
The poems in The Serenity of Stone emerge from places as disparate as Fraser's childhood in Grenada, adolescence in Edmonton, and teenage years and adulthood in Toronto. They span the themes of diasporadic life, themes ranging from landscape and family history, romance and love, crime and racism to kindness and abuse, squalor and education. Stylistically the poems fall into many camps. The work is rooted in many traditions, from hip hop to the English canon. Fraser skillfully combines a hip street element with the attention to high standards ... + Read More
In she walks for days inside a thousand eyes (a two spirit story),Sharron Proulx-Turner combines poetry and history to delve into the little-known lives of two-spirit women. Regarded with both wonder and fear when first encountered by the West, First Nations women living with masculine and feminine principles in the same body had important roles to play in society, as healers and visionaries, before they were suppressed during the colonial invasion.she walks for days inside a thousand eye (a two-spirit story) creatively juxtaposes first-person ... + Read More
Series: Living in GravityPaperbackValerie Stetson9780978491710$18.00POETRY Jun 15, 2008
When astronaut Julie Payette was returning to earth from space, she said she found being reintroduced to even half the gravity on earth too much for her body to bear. Living in Gravity explores how we bear gravity, both physically and metaphorically. Some of us are lucky enough to float with someone through a night sky, as the lovers in Chagall’s paintings do, while at other times we are crushed by relentless and punishing weight. In this playful collection, the experience of astronauts and swimmers, the joyous and grief-stricken, are celebrate... + Read More
Series: Debaucher, ThePaperbackJason Camlot9781897178614$11.95POETRY May 22, 2008
Series: Red Element, ThePaperbackCatherine Graham9781897178607$11.95POETRY May 22, 2008
Through the prism of a marginal child puzzled about her true identity, The Cuckoo's Song/Le chant du coucou, a collection of 63 poems in English and French, adds vivid flourishes to the drab canvas of the Great Depression and celebrates the indomitable spirit of the men and women who joined the Gold Rush to Val d'Or in Northwestern Québec, in the 1930s and '40s. The community they carved in the wilderness of the Canadian Shield, diverse and inclusive, their struggles, their joie de vivre--filaments of gold in the poet's memory.
The Empire’s Missing Links explores a world familiar to readers of Walid Bitar’s previous three books: a world where language is never simple, where the most ordinary words are weapons used against us in the play for private and public power. Resembling a series of unflinchingly ambivalent, and often jarringly enigmatic, history lessons, Bitar’s new poems are rich in original observations about our contemporary unease. The effect, in the end, is of a single wandering monologue, its 21st century sense of crisis encoded in unpredictable quatrains... + Read More
For his tenth collection, 36 Cornelian Avenue, Christopher Wiseman returns to his wartime childhood in England and revisits the streets, shore, and woods that belonged to the resort town of Scarborough where, his father away fighting, he and his mother lived. In clear, quick-moving colloquial poetry, Wiseman explores how the Second World War affected his neighbours, turning some into curmudgeons, others into compassionate heroes, and how the experience toughened the frightened women and children into survivors, waiting for their men to come hom... + Read More
Series: Daughters of MenPaperbackBrenda Leifso9781894078641$18.00POETRY Apr 30, 2008
Vivid accessible poems revealing the mythic proportions of a seemingly simple, rural childhood and the passions that course through every life.what do you dowith other people's memorieswhen they are carved into this landthe land offering up proof— from “Prayer for Rain”Brenda Leifso's first volume of poetry is a stunning debut: haunting, disturbing but resolutely beautiful. With an unflinching eye, Leifso explores the uncertainty of memory, the legacy of place, the powerful dynamics of sexuality and secrecy, and the violence inherent in family ... + Read More
The Luskville Reductions records a year in the life of a small Quebec town and the marriage that disintegrates there. While a book about loss, it is also a book about the state of becoming that coexists with change, the imbalance that for a time makes everything lucid, all the details adding up to much more than only an "us." The visible goes beyond mere facts in these poems, transformed into the deeply seen -- and therefore sacred. The problem with daylilies is the usual contemporary twaddle: how is it we know anything now that you're gone. Wh... + Read More
The world's largest manufacturer of the two-stroke engine may seem like an unusual jumping-off point for poetry. But Peter Culley's second book about his hometown Nanaimo stems from his realization that there is not an hour of his waking existence when he cannot somewhere hear a leaf blower, a lawn mower or another piece of Briggs & Stratton-powered machinery. This book was written in a little over a year--a year which saw droughts in Tofino, floods on the Gulf Coast & Canadian boots on the ground in the never-ending "war on terror". Meanwhile... + Read More
Series: Vancouver: A PoemPaperbackGeorge Stanley9781554200382$18.00POETRY Apr 20, 2008
The Lions bare of snow, crowded express buses, a giant red turning letter W. Vancouver: A Poem is George Stanley's vision of the city where he lives, though he does not call it his own. Vancouver, the city, becomes Stanley's palimpsest: an overwritten manuscript on which the words of others are still faintly visible. Here the Food Floor's canned exotica, here the stores of Chinatown, here the Cobalt Hotel brimful of cheap beer and indifferent women.The poet travels through the urban landscape on foot and by public transit, observing the multifa... + Read More
The Place That We Keep After Leaving is a sequel to the award-winning book, How Beautiful We Are. In keeping with the theme of How Beautiful We Are, The Place That We Keep After Leaving continues a poet's exploration of life on the shores of Lake Erie.
Judith Krause is well known for her sharp perceptions, skill and wit, and in Mongrel Love she brings together all these elements in her best work to date. These poems are infused with a generous spirit for dogs, birds and other animals as well as humans and their artifacts. In many ways these are poems that travel, from the easy-chair to the fabled streets of Paris and through Krause's voice and vision we arrive with new insights and a new understanding of the journey. Here is the assured voice and constant music of a mature poet, one who doesn... + Read More
Series: Bush CampPaperbackMarvin Francis9780888013248$15.95POETRY Apr 15, 2008
Both a politically engaged achievement and a highly personal one, Bush Camp is a fitting addition to the unmistakeable idiom of Marvin Francis.A dynamic poetry collection of dry wit and powerful commentary, Bush Camp features a roster of strikingly original characters--Johnny Muskeg, Newfie, Stretch, as well as the camp's only women, Jenny--that plays with stereotypes as it challenges them. Francis describes the physical rigors of a railroad camp as well as the complex demands of the urban reserve.Poems splash out on the page in a wildly creati... + Read More
What if words evolved in species and genera just like birds and dinosaurs? What if you classified them in kingdoms and families? Made a phylogenetic tree with orders of Space, Matter, or Intellect. Gravity and Levity as classes of Matter. With Density, Rarity, Pungency, Ululation. Would this matter taxonomy speak of the out-there, the non-human? Or the in-here Ð the human mind, the sorting, reasoning human Ð homo linguis the word maker, the world maker? Formally innovative, Matter explores Roget's taxonomy, rummaging its taint of globalism and ... + Read More
What drives the collector? Is the archive a site of order, the convergence of past narratives and present desires, the chaotic reflection of passions spilling over categories? Is every lover an archive waiting to come undone? Every archive a place where the dust of bodies accumulates? One file in a fond of misplaced manuscripts, [Case Studies] is haunted by an author's compulsion to repeat and the archive's inevitable limits. A finding aid guides the reader through a field of drafts, grids and marginalia, but can it account for this conflictin... + Read More
Series: Stone SightingsPaperbackMadeline Sonik9780978223397$18.95POETRY Apr 01, 2008
Stone Sightings, by Madeline Sonik, is a compilation of poetry that seeks to unearth a personal experience of the archetypal feminine and the way she manifests in a woman at mid-life. There are ancient patterns we can identify and traverse: loss, love, alienation; but ultimately, the significance of these and their ability to transform us comes about only through finding the way their meaning manifests in our own lives.
Guardian of the gates of hell, brightest star in the night sky, the dog is the saucy, swaggering, world-weary trickster whose indomitable spirit has been mythologized for millennia. In Dog, poets Catherine Owen and Joe Rosenblatt have written a volume of solo and conjoined sonnets about dogs of the cosmos, the underworld and the psyche. Orbiting around the striking canine images of photographer Karen Moe's Perros: Dogs of Central Havana, Owen and Rosenblatt wisely and wittily follow the scent of mankind's oldest friend, sniffing out the traces ... + Read More
Series: Spirit EnginePaperbackJohn Donlan9781894078634$18.00POETRY Mar 31, 2008
John Donlan's lyric work seeks the connection between lives -- not just the life of a coyote and the life of a man, or the peaceful cacophony of a pond in summer and the life of the human listener -- but between the life before birth, and the life after. He reveals the wilderness to us moment by moment, while simultaneously driving us back into our own nature -- a process readers, lifted by Donlan's imagery, rhythms, and insights, can only experience as pure pleasure. Here beauty is the engine that enspirits the mind, freeing us from contempora... + Read More
Series: World of WondersPaperbackDeborah Godin9781896209944$14.95POETRY Mar 01, 2008
Series: Landing at NightPaperbackDeborah Miller9781896209968$14.95POETRY Mar 01, 2008
In compact, conversational poems that build into a narrative long poem, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems follows the tragic trajectory of the life and work of Terry Sawchuk, dark driven genius of a goalie who survived twenty tough seasons in an era of inadequate upper-body equipment and no player representation. But no summary touches the searching intensity of Maggs's poems. They range from meditations on ancient/modern heroism to dramatic capsules of actual games, in which the mystery of character meets the mystery of transcendent physical perfo... + Read More
First there was Backup to Babylon. Now comes Subway Under Byzantium, the second in Maxine Gadd's double act of works about the Gulf Islands and the Downtown Eastside: twin axes of the fall. Covering the period from 1986 to 1993, Gadd's writing in this volume is by turns intensely personal, slyly funny, and socially incisive. Her poetry draws on the people she knows and the sights she sees on the street. At the same time it invokes myth, formative texts, and magical incantations. As Maxine Gadd herself describes the book, "Five sets of apocalypt... + Read More
Series: White InkPoems on Mothers and MotherhoodPaperbackRishma Dunlop9781550144840$39.95POETRY Feb 10, 2008
Edited by poet Rishma Dunlop, White Ink is a unique collection of poems on mothers and motherhood, by some of the finest poets of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Unsentimental, unflinching, and edgy, White Ink registers the social and political changes, as well as the imaginative pulse, of recent history through the figure of the mother: a powerful, recurring, and central symbol in contemporary poetry. Spanning multiple cultures, ethnicities, genders, and languages, White Ink is a landmark anthology. Poets include Ann Sexto... + Read More