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  • Burning in this Midnight Dream

    Burning in this Midnight Dream

    Burning in the Midnight Dream is the latest collection of poems by Louise Bernice Halfe. Many were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and nightmares that arose in he...

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  • Shaping a World Already Made

    Shaping a World Already Made

    Landscape and Poetry of the Canadian Prairies

    "Carl Tracie, geographer, has done what no other researcher of any ilk has even attempted. No one has ever written a book on Canadian prairie poetry, not until now that is. We have books on Canadia...

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  • 100 Days

    100 Days

    For 100 days, Juliane Okot Bitek recorded the lingering nightmare of the Rwandan genocide in a poem—each poem recalling the senseless loss of life and of innocence. Okot Bitek draws on her own fami...

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  • Whirr & Click

    Whirr & Click

    Whirr & Click is derived primarily from the writer’s own experiences of love, sensuality, family, and bereavement, but perhaps the real subject matter is the exhilaration of finding perfect words, ...

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  • Standard candles

    Standard candles

    Like the ever-widening universe, Standard candles expands on Alice Major’s earlier themes of family, mythology, and cosmology, teasing out subtle wonders in form and subject. Her voice resonates th...

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  • Toward. Some. Air.

    Toward. Some. Air.

    Toward. Some. Air. is a landmark collection of profiles of contemporary poets, statements, essays, and conversations about contemporary poetry and poetic practice, and a few exemplary poems selecte...

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  • Trying Again to Stop Time

    Trying Again to Stop Time

    “It’s a losing battle: my words have no chance against time. Sometimes, unable to catch up with imagination, I leave the battle, candle in hand, in complete darkness.” — from “Trying Again to Stop...

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  • White Shirt

    White Shirt

    Laurie MacFayden navigates love, longing, lust and loss with deft wordplay and disarming wit, plumbing our most intimate relationships – those entwining family, friends, lovers and exlovers. Her ri...

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  • small things left behind

    small things left behind

    "Freedom is something my father has never known. How do I explain freedom to the ones born bent?" -from "Not Scared" Ella Zeltserman's poetry cuts both ways. The story of her flight from the USSR i...

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  • Designation Youth

    Designation Youth

    Designation Youth by David Bateman continues the writer’s experiments with Rococo prose-poetry on themes of ageing, puzzlement, lovers past, and objects of desire.

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  • Folding the Wilderness Within

    Folding the Wilderness Within

    Folding the Wilderness Within by Joan Shillington is a collection of poems of intimacy, both gentle and brutal, that celebrate the essential force of family. From a child’s hand holding cards “as i...

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  • Kissing Keeps Us Afloat

    Kissing Keeps Us Afloat

    Kissing Keeps Us Afloat by Laurie MacFayden is humorous and joyful, uninhibited and sassy; MacFayden positively swaggers with her love of words and imagery.

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  • Seva

    Seva

    Seva, by Sharanpal Ruprai is a poetic journey into the life of a Sikh girl; the narrative, through unique perspectives about culture, gender and ritual, enters a world that is usually inaccessible.

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  • Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre

    Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre

    Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre is a collection of poems and stories by twelve emerging and established Indigenous writers living in Quebec and writing in French. These writers all par...

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  • Incarnate

    Incarnate

    The erotic impulse is embodied in Incarnate through a passionate wrestling with image and form. Juleta Severson-Baker wills memory and desire onto the page until “the seduction is complete”. The f...

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  • Reckless Toward Blossoming

    Reckless Toward Blossoming

    Starting with a promise, Reckless Toward Blossoming begins a conversation with solitude, landscape and awakening. Through an ever-expanding world, we journey with the poet to navigate the “intersec...

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  • Music Garden

    Music Garden

    In a deft choreography of words, Jim Nason, moves through the coiled landscape of Toronto’s Music Garden, where the blackbird is an ever present companion. At its centre is an apparition of Lorca,...

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  • A Bitter Mood of Clouds

    A Bitter Mood of Clouds

    Begin in Denmark with a strange birth, experience the life of Anne turned Arne, a hermaphrodite. Journey then to Alberta where Vivian Hansen hears her ancestors and the remarkable story of Anne. Th...

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  • iii

    iii

    iii is a summation of the dread, the absence and the anguish a man in his mid-thirties experiences as he contemplates his past and future. It has a lot to say about alcohol, drugs and sexual politi...

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  • 33 Million Solitudes

    33 Million Solitudes

    Ali Riley applies her unique and inventive poetics to our national identity. Breaking down and remixing our familiar icons – for example, The Hudson‘s Bay Company, Susannah Moodie’s "Roughing it in...

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  • tis pity

    tis pity

    Part memoir, part creative non-fiction, part poetic score without music, part off-Broadway show without a cast, part bungalow for gender -dysphoric bachelorettes, ’Tis Pity is furnished with poems ...

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  • Viewing Tom Thompson

    Viewing Tom Thompson

    Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report explores the possibilities in poems sometimes personal, sometimes public, in which this iconic painter emerges as a source of inspiration, intrigue, admiratio...

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  • Any Bright Horse

    Any Bright Horse

    SHORTLISTED FOR A GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD When Marco Polo was captured by the Genoese he whiled away his year in prison by dictating a memoir, the Livre des Merveilles. Polo’s Book of Wonders beca...

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  • Alligator Tales

    Alligator Tales

    A delightful collection of short poems for children written by a loving grandfather, an ardent voyager, from every port his yacht Tzu Hang put into in the course of his voyages. Fanciful, and somet...

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  • The One and the Many

    The One and the Many

    This elegant volume of Tagore's poems, translated, is copiously illustrated by colour photographs from John Berridge, Professor of Religion at Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada. William Radice...

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  • as if

    as if

    as if there could be no other memory a tree invisible remembering itself In as if, E.D. Blodgett takes readers on journeys of contemplation in which he re-imagines the lyric form. Each line leaves ...

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  • abecedarium

    abecedarium

    would you believe me when i make consorts of alphabet runaways & stayathomes i have rounded up where they wandered all over the page Dennis Cooley masterfully extends the genre of the abecedary to ...

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  • Love in a Handful of Dust

    Love in a Handful of Dust

    When Kirk Ramdath was a child, his mother came from Trinidad to Calgary to give her family a life of greater opportunity than the one she left behind. Love in a Handful of Dust, his first book, is ...

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  • At the limit of breath

    At the limit of breath

    "I wanted this to be a narrative. So finally Jean-Luc went all the way: every line in the script a quotation from somewhere else. Every blessed line. Love doesn't die. It's people who die. Love jus...

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  • The Lays of Marie de France

    The Lays of Marie de France

    The twelve “lays” of Marie de France, the earliest known French woman poet, are here presented in sprightly English verse by poet and translator David R. Slavitt. Traditional Breton folktales were ...

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  • The Last Temptation of Bond

    The Last Temptation of Bond

    you can't stop it. everyone's expendable, James. everyone's replaceable. even you. especially you. In a penetrating, violent, sexy, and often hilarious apocalypse, a world-famous superspy meets his...

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  • The Great Black North

    The Great Black North

    The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some m...

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  • Re:Zoom

    Re:Zoom

    – Re:Zoom – a book of no return. How can we return? We resume, but never from where we left off. We continue from some other place.

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  • Office Tower Tales (The)

    Office Tower Tales (The)

    In this ambitious long poem, Alice Major exemplifies the redemptive force of story. Through the light-hearted interplay of such literary touchstones as Chaucer, The Thousand and One Nights, and Gre...

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  • Wells

    Wells

    Jenna Butler draws on her own experiences of her grandmother's disappearance into senile dementia to reassemble a sensual world in longpoem form that positively crackles with imagery and rhythm. Id...

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  • Clarity of Distance

    Clarity of Distance

    Someone once asked Ayesha Chatterjee what idiom she wrote in. She still doesn’t know what the answer to that is, but the poems in this collection attempt to address the issue behind that question: ...

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  • Narcissus Unfolding

    Narcissus Unfolding

    The poems in Narcissus Unfolding are the force of life going on. Narcissus is a love poem – a poem to the love that goes on in the life of the people a loved one leaves behind, a poem of love to th...

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  • Learning to Count

    Learning to Count

    In Learning to Count, Douglas Burnet Smith explores the counterpoint between everyday, often innocent, experiences and the darker elegiac tones of history. The lyricism of Tuscany’s sublime skies m...

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  • Falling Blues

    Falling Blues

    Falling Blues sings about edges and air, about fear, about letting go, jumping, plunging. The poems chart some of the many ways we have of falling in and out (of love, of lines), of falling for and...

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  • Standoff Terrain

    Standoff Terrain

    Standoff Terrain takes its inspiration from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. It is a book of love poems for losers, and since almost everybody has lost at love… well, this book is probably for you. In the...

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