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A Prayer
Emanuel di Pasquale
2017
A Prayer connects the reader to nature, in a lyrical, life-affirmative manner. The poems are imagistic and open the reader to the divinity that surrounds her/him, both within and without.
Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be
J. J. Steinfeld
2017
The 100 wide-ranging and idiosyncratic poems of Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be confront, grapple with, explore, argue with, and ultimately embrace the human condition as they wend their way through the worldly and the otherworldly aspects of absurdity and existence, the ordinary and the extraordinary spheres of being. They...
Cambodia and The Year of UNTAC: Life and Love in Cambodia's 1993 Election
Cambodia and The Year of UNTAC
Life and Love in Cambodia's 1993 Election
Tom Riddle
2017
This is the untold story of what went on behind the scenes when the UN tried to manage free elections in Cambodia in the early 90s. Told with insight, humor, and a dash of romance, Cambodia and the Year of UNTAC staggers from adventure to adventure as the UN seeks...
Desire Lines: Essays on Art, Poetry & Culture
Desire Lines
Essays on Art, Poetry & Culture
Ewan Whyte
2017
Desire Lines is a collection of essays on art, poetry and culture--both high and low--gathered from the astute critical work of Toronto writer Ewan Whyte. Topics range from the influence of Plato on the poetry of Anne Carson to the influence of the cultural revolution on the art of Ai...
Faithful and Other Stories
Daniel Karasik
2017
A boy finds a vocation as a weaver of bread. A Russian woman, thought dead, e-mails greetings to her adolescent sister in a Canadian suburb. An investment banker vanishes and is found fifteen years later when his daughter discovers a painting of herself in a distant gallery. With wit and...
J. J. Steinfeld: Essays on His Works
J. J. Steinfeld
Essays on His Works
Sandra Singer, George Elliott Clarke, Ellen S. Jaffe
2017
Compiled and edited by Sandra Singer, J. J. Steinfeld: Essays on His Works is a critical look at PEI writer J. J. Steinfeld's extensive and prolific writings in poetry, fiction and theatre, ranging from early work on post-Holocaust themes to later examinations of absurdity and existentialism. Among the contributors: Raina...
Polish[ed]: Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction
Polish[ed]
Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction
Kasia Jaronczyk, Małgorzata Nowaczyk
2017
Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction is the only anthology of Polish-Canadian writing in Canada and includes many internationally acclaimed and award-winning Canadian writers. What is the literary and cultural benefit of a diaspora anthology? It presents work from a community, a family of writers. It represents a cultural contribution...
Portraits of Absence
Fabiano Alborghetti, Marco Sonzogni, Ross Woods
2017
Portraits of Absence is poetry of witness, of unflinching eyewitness accounts of atrocities--the devil's definition of humanity. Fabiano Alborghetti's words, unfolding with machine-gun hiccoughs and staccato rhythms, spaces where the dead drop and the living fall, weeping, are tactile, palpable, sonnets of wreckage and ruin. Consider him a 21st-century Wilfred...
Red Haws to Light the Field
James Deahl
2017
Red Haws To Light The Field is wide-ranging in subject matter: love, eroticism, war, death, and the nature of poetic endeavour. Red Haws also contains poems inspired by or dedicated to the great masters and fellow poets: Li Po, Tu Fu, Federico García Lorca, Czesław Miłosz, Raymond Souster, Pablo Neruda,...
Rooms
Louise Dupré, Karen Isabel Ocaña
2017
Rooms is lyrical and meditative, painterly, erotic and philosophical. The book is thematically and structurally a unity, but a unity of many parts, one and multiple. Rooms, many-chambered, purposeful and highly stylized yet light, light and airy as a beehive. Rooms plays like a late 20th century blues-inflected jazz. There...
Speak Only of the Moon: A New Translation of Rumi
Speak Only of the Moon
A New Translation of Rumi
E.D. Blodgett, Manijeh Mannani
2017
As readers everywhere of the Sufi poet Rumi know, his thought is at once profound and perennially fresh. It is sometimes forgotten, however, by those who rely on translations, that he was a poet most at home in a poetry of constraints. The intention of this book is to give...
The Divine Genome
Thomas Krampf
2017
Perhaps in one sense, according to the author, Thomas Krampf's new book of poems, The Divine Genome, might just be another stop on a long spiritual and poetic journey. This would have begun a number of years ago with the publication of his first book, Subway Prayer and Other Poems...
The Four Roads Hotel
France Théoret, Luise von Flotow
2017
This history of oppression and its effects, at the heart of a French-Canadian family in the 1950s and 1960s, depicts a combination of prohibitions and censures. While the father demands the children's slavish obedience and labour, the mother promises some protection from his tyranny--until the family settles into a flea...
The Heart Is Improvisational: An Anthology in Poetic Form
The Heart Is Improvisational
An Anthology in Poetic Form
Carol Lipszyc, Michael Carrino, Ellen S. Jaffe, M. Travis Lane
2017
Poets attribute an array of roles and capacities to the involuntary muscle and catalyst of our storied lives. The heart becomes a repository of erotic and familial love and a sanctuary for memory. In this collection, poets explore the flux of the heart's responses and instigations: the heart's tender overtures,...
The Mezzogiorno Social Club
Ercole Gaudioso
2017
From Black Hand criminals to stand-up cops, from innocent victims and ordinary people to schemers and dreamers: a novel that chronicles one hundred years in the lives and relationships of those who have lived in New York City's Little Italy. A multi-generational, multi-dimensional tale that digs deep into the minds...
At twenty, Sheyda Porrouya's life is almost over. Born in Iran on the day staunchly orthodox mullas declare the birth of the Islamic Republic, she is witness to their purging of the country of all things Western and un-Islamic. To make matters worse, as she matures, Sheyda seems increasingly unable...
Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment
Venera Dreams
A Weird Entertainment
Claude Lalumière
2017
Somewhere in the Mediterranean lies the mysterious archipelago of Venera, a city-state drenched in erotic romanticism, fuelled by atavistic ritual, and suffused with surreal adventure and intrigue. Outside forces repeatedly attempt to steal its most closely guarded treasure: the secret of the sacred spice vermilion, and its power to alter...
Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes
Margo LaPierre
2017
What happens when we believe in something that isn't there? What happens when we doubt our own history? We cling to the solidity of physical space. Our abstracted sense of being swells to its limits, presses against its boundary of skin, bumps up against the world. Washing Off the Raccoon...
What If Zen Gardens ...
Henry Beissel, Arlette Francière
2017
In What If Zen Gardens …, Henry Beissel, often considered the master of the long poem, turns to the time-honoured tradition of the haiku to help bring to light what he calls “the world's hidden affairs.” Included in the collection are a series of black-and-white illustrations by Arlette Francière, themselves...
William Hutt: Soldier Actor
William Hutt
Soldier Actor
Keith Garebian
2017
William Hutt showed that it was possible to be a great classical actor without sacrificing his Canadian accent or cultural identity. His imperishable portraits of Tartuffe, King Lear, Lear's Fool, Feste, Khlestakov, Duke Vincentio, Titus Andronicus, Timon, Argan, Lady Bracknell, James Tyrone, Sr., and Prospero ensured that he will be...
Words For What Those Men Have Done
Richard Jeffrey Newman
2017
Richard Jeffrey Newman's collection of poems, Words for What Those Men Have Done, continues the exploration he began in The Silence of Men of how surviving childhood sexual violence has shaped his life as a man. Where The Silence of Men focused on ending the silence in which the men...
Wordwings
Sydelle Pearl
2017
In 1941, twelve-year-old Rivke Rosenfeld lives in the Warsaw Ghetto, where she witnesses German soldiers slashing her grandfather's beard from his face. Her anger compels her to secretly write her stories and her memories in the margins of a book of fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen. When Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum,...