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A Bride in Three Acts
Mary Melfi
Mary Melfi's poetry is, despite its use of tough, surprising, visual comparisons, very direct. Her words strike like a hammer on a nail. The images arise from our highly technological world. Melfi does not care for lace gloves, Persian carpets, or the panoramas of Northern intangible greenery. Whatever lifts man...
A God Hangs Upside Down
Joseph Maviglia
A God Hangs Upside Down is the first full-length collection by poet and singer-songwriter Joseph Maviglia. Beginning with reflexive narrative as the poet travels through Southern Italy, the focus shifts to North America and portraits of a working-class family and the pulsating energy of the construction job site. Combining elements...
A History of Touch
Erin Emily Ann Vance
A History of Touch is a poetry collection about women in folklore and history who were ill, disabled, or otherwise labelled ‘hysteric.' The work bears witness to the lives of women with varying experiences, such as a woman whose epilepsy was mistaken for demonic possession, Sarah Winchester's grief, Mary Roff...
A Housecoat Remains
Tina Biello
This collection of poems tells a multi-layered story between worlds: old country vs. new, traditional life vs. modern, health vs. illness. Biello takes us on a journey between these worlds and shows us how mother, father and daughter cope with loss and re-discover each other through the difficult illness of...
A Hunger Artist and Other Stories; Poems and Songs of Love
Georg Mordechai Langer, Franz Kafka, Menachem Wolff, Thor Polson, Elana Wolff
Kafka's writings are characterized by an extreme sensitivity manifested in absurdity, alienation, and gallows humor, and these two particular collections of short pieces, A Country Doctor (1919) and A Hunger Artist (1924), represent later works in the corpus. Poems and Songs of Love is a translation of the collection Piyyutim...
A Map of Rain Days
Jennifer Hosein
A Map of Rain Days invites us into the liminal between the nights and the "too-bright days." The author navigates a life felt full on, inhabiting all its beauty and shadows -- the "slap-tumble" of sex, "the mean streets of the suburbs," "the swill and gore" of youth. Interwoven into...
A Mingus Lullaby
Dane Swan
Charles Mingus, the renowned musician, composer and civil rights activist, claimed to be three people, was married to one of his wives by Ginsberg, and collaborated with such luminaries as Langston Hughes and Joni Mitchell. Twelve of the poems in A Mingus Lullaby explore moments in his life, compositions, performances,...
A New Geography of Time
Robert Viscusi
In these poems, objects are occasions in outline. Dogs, cats, pianos, cappuccino, hair dye, snowshoes, parsley, and black raspberries do not simply lie there. They act upon one another and upon us. They demonstrate the laws of time. One birthday is a hundred birthdays. One city disappears into another.
A Place in the World
Robert Flanagan
Existentialist in approach, this collection of tightly woven, abstract poems explores ageing and what it means to not be young anymore.
A Prayer
Emanuel di Pasquale
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.
Mary Melfi's poem and prose pieces seem to arise from the same isolation, solitude or loneliness which is the foundation of her psyche; a self-contained, closed world the rules of which are unique, similar to no one else's, rules which follow the logic of dreams and not that of public...
A Still Life: Selected Poems (1960-2010)
A Still Life
Selected Poems (1960-2010)
Bernlef, Scott Rollins
His poems make you forget what poetry is. Bernlef's secret is in the way he looks at things. His attention to the ordinary, to the marginal, the so-called extra literary has not only enlarged the realm of the poetic but challenges the hierarchies and preconceived notions about what is or...
The poetic vision of A Taste of Earth, A Taste of Flame is timeless. It is also a work rooted in the thought of our own era. Though man does not escape his predicament, our own era has perhaps made him more aware than ever before of his destiny. But...
Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be
J. J. Steinfeld
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...
Accidental Genius: The Pantheon of Modern American Poets
Accidental Genius
The Pantheon of Modern American Poets
Keith Garebian
Using many right-wing extremists in North America (which means, in effect, weird Republicans), Garebian takes well-known utterances of egregious political, social, and cultural atrocity and presents them as if they were modern poems deserving of serious academic consideration. The intent is to deflate by inflating them in mock-serious fashion. So,...
after words
Stan Rogal
The idea for this collection was to offer a tip of the hat to people whose lives and/or works have influenced the author. Each piece is forwarded by a short background story as well as an epigram which provides some descriptive entry and flavour. The key was to construct these...
Against The Light
Tiziano Broggiato, Patricia Hanley, Maria Laura Mosco
This collection presents a bilingual Italian-English selection of the poetry of Tiziano Broggiato, winner of the prestigious Premio Montale. The translations, by Canadians Patricia Hanley and Maria Laura Mosco, bring to North American audiences the poetry of an author who has already been translated into half a dozen languages.
Fulvio Caccia
Le lecteur trouvera ici rassemblée pour la première fois en un seul volume toute l'oeuvre poétique, éditée et inéditée, de Fulvio Caccia: Irpinia, Scirocco, Annapurna, et Aknos.
Aknos and Other Poems
Fulvio Caccia, Daniel Sloate
This selection is the first-time translation of Caccia's poetry which appeared in the original French-language Aknos, winner of the Governor General's Award of Canada in 1994.
All I Have Is Words
Knuts Skujenieks, Margita Gailitis
For various reasons but particularly due to political censorship, my poetry, written in prison, was published as a collection only in 1990. I myself, following several rejections by publishers, was not in a hurry to go public with the poems from those years, wanting my imprisonment experience to speak with...
Almost Love
Pierre Lepori, Peter Valente
Pierre Lepori's Almost Love (Quasi Amore) contains forty-five short stanzas, reminiscent of a lyric tradition extending from the Greek elegiac poets, such as Sappho and Mimnermus, to the Italian poet, Sandro Penna. The poems revolve around the word “love” as compared to the precariousness of life and the incompleteness of...
Approaches to Absence
Pasquale Verdicchio
Home is established by our relationship to the world around us, wherever we are. Nevertheless, we also occupy the places of our absence. Culture is constructed, in passing through a place, in what is taken with the departure, in what is left behind. Culture is a matter of subtraction and...
Archer: On the River of Time: Book Three
On the River of Time: Book Three
Carl Hare
Archer portrays three years in the life of Ray Archer, a fictional Canadian actor/director dedicated to exploring performance styles with his diverse company. Following a Canada-wide tour of King Lear performed in mask, Archer takes his new epic history of Canada across the country and to Ireland, where a strange...
Arguments for Lawn Chairs
Aaron Kreuter
The poems in Arguments for Lawn Chairs take multiple positions. The poems in Arguments for Lawn Chairs don't trust your grandmother's cooking. They have visited Pangea, they have visited Toronto and Montreal, the B.C. Gulf Islands, Tiberias, the tailing ponds near Sudbury, and they are still not satisfied, are still...
At the Moonbean Café
Malca Litovitz
This collection of poems is imbued with a poetic voice of groundlessness, detailing the winding, transitory nature of every relationship. Often engaging feelings of loss and harmony simultaneously, the poems in this collection find beauty in the bleakest moments.
Brian Day
This new take on Hindu mythology includes poems inspired by South Asian stories and covers the dealings of Vishnu, human avatars Rama and Krishna, and the relationship between Rama and his wife Sita.
Backscatter: New and Selected Poems
New and Selected Poems
Raymond Filip
At the age of eighteen, Raymond Filip wrote 'I am a citizen of the world in exile'. Thirty years later, Filip's ethno-eccentric vision has remained prescient and true. Born in a displaced persons camp after World War II, Lithuanian by blood, Canadian by citizenship, a Quebecker by homing instinct, and...
Bending the Continuum
Dane Swan
The poems in Bending the Continuum are slave to no genre. Science-fiction, alternative realities, and time are fluid. Form, voice and space in this collection borrow from multiple canons. Dane's first book is equal parts Can-lit, Harlem Renaissance, the Caribbean oral tradition known as Griotism, Roddenberry, hip-hop and dark-humour.
Catherine Black
Bewilderness explores urban and suburban wildernesses-- threshold places--in a darkly comedic, surreal set of prose poems. In Bewilderness, urban and suburban landscapes come to life as shape-shifting places, enchanted places, mundane places of magical thinking, as the reader explores the heterotopias of playgrounds and backyards, lakefront parks, splintery subdivisions, and semi-industrial...
Beyond The Flames
Louise Dupré, Antonio D'Alfonso
A woman, following a visit to Auschwitz, meditates on the possibility -- or impossibility -- of continuing to live, following the killing of millions in death camps. The subject is not new. But Louise Dupré makes this horror present again, while at the same time emphasizing the need to go...