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ECW Press Fall 2021 Trade

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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Aug 17, 2021 On Sale Date: Sep 07, 2021 Carton Quantity: 36 $34.95 CAD
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New and Selected Poems 1995–2020
By (author): George Murray Introduction by: Adam Sol
George Murray ,

Introduction by :

Adam Sol


a misFit book - Toronto



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Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket


General Trade
Sep 07, 2021
$34.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 0.82 in | 0.99 lb

Page Count:

216 pages
ECW Press
a misFit book
POETRY / Canadian
IPPY Awards 2022, Winner
  • Short Description
Bringing together the very best of Murray’s poetry with an introduction by Adam Sol, a selection of poems from Murray’s previous collections, as well as previously unpublished work and new work.

A best-of collection from one of Canada’s most ambitious poets

Problematica — a scientific term used to describe species that defy classification. See unidentifiable.

George Murray is a strange beast. Lauded as one of Canada’s leading poets, his work has been published around the world, but here at home, he has never really “fit in” with his contemporaries. By turns archly formal and thoughtful, insouciant and hilarious, each of his six books seems intent on staking out its own identity, standing alone in stark contrast to all others.

Yet, in this judicious selection of new and selected poems spanning Murray’s 25-year career, we see threads and patterns emerge like fractals. From early narrative poems to lyrical explorations of the metaphysical to investigations of the colloquial and contemporary, Murray’s work roams a landscape that includes everything from happiness to regret, love to loss, doubt to faith, anxiety to acceptance.

This collection not only represents the best of Murray’s earlier poems, but also surprises readers with a section of never-before-seen new work, revealing a life spent wrestling with what it means to arrive, live, and leave. Problematica is a considerable body of poetry from a mind that obsessively wanders the edges of thought and language, working to identify what boundaries may or may not exist.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • George Murray’s work has been shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Prize, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the Pushcart Prize.

  • Murray is the co-founder and editor behind the popular book blog Bookninja and the editor of NewPoetry.ca.

  • The term Problematica is derived from the Latin incertae sedis, which is used in science as a substitute for a taxon of organisms whose classification cannot be decided. This is meant to reflect the scope of Murray’s styles and subjects, which have never been easily classified and show no allegiance to the schools that dominate poetry.


  • Poetry readers and writers

  • Readers of Bookninja, George’s blog

George Murray is the award-winning author of eight books of poems and aphorisms as well as a book for children. His poems have appeared in magazines and journals around the world. He grew up in rural Ontario and has spent time abroad in Italy, Mexico, and New York City but now calls St. John’s, Newfoundland, his home.

Problematica is Murray’s radiant invitation to come into the wild arena where language reveals the world page-by-dogged-page. Murray’s poetic thermometer is all the seasons at once. This creaturely feat is the work of an unusual imagination that moves endlessly from ruin to the sublime. Take this record of a poet long at work with you the next time you go to wonder. It is a masterwork of clarity, depth and delight.” — Canisia Lubrin, author of The Dyzgraphxst

“George Murray’s imagination is audacious, astonishing. In his poems, a keen awareness of the interiority of others, the ridiculous passage of time, and the untameable but wounded wildness of language are not subject matter but cardinal points. Reading through his new and selected, it’s obvious Murray has never hitched his work to any bandwagon. This freedom is intoxicating, instructive. He’s an innovative sonneteer. (Thought-rhyme!) He writes hashtag poems — the best I’ve read. I believe contemporary Canadian poets are writing some of the most exciting poetry around. Without a doubt, George Murray is one of those poets.” — Eduardo C. Corral, author of Guillotine

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