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The Woman I Am
Dorothy Livesay
2000
Spanning fifty years, these poems of love, sexuality, motherhood, loneliness, old age, and death are culled from the lifetime of Dorothy Livesay's expression of the woman she is. This selection was chosen by Dorothy Livesay herself.
A sense of place has always dominated Louise McKinney's writing life. This poetry collection represents the best of her poetry written from the early 1980s to now. More than depicting mere geographical adventuring, this work expresses the poet's personal vision and emphasizes the importance of living out one's potential. This...
then touch me here
Edvins Raups, Margita Gailitis
2011
Contrary to the opinion expressed by some regarding the senselessness of contemporary poetry, I have always been tormented with this search for sense. Fuck it, do I or do I not make sense? And what the fuck is the sense of life around me and of me, myself ... These...
Thérèse for Joy and Orchestra
Hélène Monette, Jo-Anne Elder
2014
Hélène Monette wrote this book to honour her sister Thérèse, who passed away in 2005. True to her sister's vision, the poet explores the wonder inhabiting the present moment. With this collection, which was awarded the prestigious Governor General's Award in 2009, the poet offers a celebration of the bond...
Things My Mother Told Me
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
1999
These poems are a breath of fresh air -- luminous, feisty, heart-breaking, and fiercely honest. Maria Mazziotti Gillan's voice has the vigor and industrial grit of Grace Paley's, and there is genuine wisdom here too -- an intelligence born of direct experience of the mother-daughter mysteries.
Things That Fall
Denise Desautels, Alisa Belanger
2013
In French, Tombeau de Lou. At its origin, the death of the childhood friend, the chosen sister, swept away by a sudden cancer. She was fifty-three. Like the poet. The one who remains, the survivor, the inconsolable woman. That's the anecdote. Afterwards -- if an afterwards is possible, the urgency...
This Cockeyed World
Jim Christy
2013
COCKEYED: askew, crooked, intoxicated, absurd; marked by bends or angles; incongruous, not straight. In other words, Jim Christy, Canada's most iconoclastic and irreverent poet, views this cockeyed world the way it is; not only with 20/20 but x-ray vision and often through laughter and tears.
This Desert Now
Yves Préfontaine, Judith Cowan
1993
...We started to read aloud, each in turn, from Judith Cowan's translation and my original. Then the miracle occurred: two citizens of this land breaking down word by word ...all the angry pride, the incomprehension, and the dull and stupid soliloquies that have been the distinguishing characteristic of our peoples'...
This Nothing's Place
Pasquale Verdicchio
2008
Revealing the instability of location and the illusory nature of identity, this poetry collection traces the edges where the multidimensional blends, blurs, and merges, envisioning a place where form is formless and perception boundless. Taking its title from Emily Carr's Klee Wyck, which describes a strip of land that belongs...
Three Stations
Antonella Anedda, Ann Snodgrass
2010
Tidal Fury
Brenda Clews
2016
Tidal Fury intermeshes styles in narratorial strands. A love story -- he was “a literary device, and then I discovered we knew each other intimately.” An aged narcissist who wields power and invokes a subtext on the social politics of power. A poet whose muse is Medusa. Tidal Fury is...
Tigers and the CEO
Cristina Perissinotto
2014
Tigers and the CEO describes the epic encounter between two characters representing, respectively, the realm of emotions and the logic of business. Through powerful language, the author portrays a series of instants in which the two worldviews -- the passionate and the passionless -- face one another. The result is...
Time Slip
John Oughton
2010
Drawn from the author's 60-year journey through the Middle East, Japan, and North America, this collection of poems offers a variety of engaging styles, ranging from sonnets to haiku to free-form experimentation, while considering the implications of technology, science, and nature in the context of the 21st century. Including previously...
To Sleep, to Love
Ken Norris
1982
To Sleep, To Love brings together direct and contemplative poems which read like pages in a novel. Individually fashioned to the required precision, each poem projects its full brilliance, especially when placed in the context of the narration. Love can be venerated or cursed but it remains a singular force...
To The Boneyard
Barbara Marsh
2013
To The Boneyard is a first collection of poems where candour, humour and revelation meet in a hotel bar for cocktails. Here are encounters with the mythologies of love and loss, memories filtered through exile, a suite of epiphanies wrapped in brisk modernity.
Touch Earth
M. Travis Lane
2006
This unique collection of Canadian poetry demonstrates how poems can be complex yet communicate their essence simply and directly. This selection of spiritual, wittty, and subtly textured poems is both current and lively.
Trivia Thief: Selected Poems
Trivia Thief
Selected Poems
Alberto Nessi, Marco Sonzogni
2011
Alberto Nessi's … strength as a poet rests with his own distinctive and daring language -- a spirit level that enables him always to align himself with the subject of his verse. And, if his work is the product of a rational and realistic pessimism -- occasionally softened by irony,...
True As Moonlight
Merle Nudelman
2014
Anticipation and awareness bud at the start of a new life and bloom with the wondrous changes that ensue. These lyrical narrative poems rejoice at the insights, emotions, and development of a newborn and her family over a brief period of years. Crafted with an artist's eye and poet's appreciation...
Twentieth Centuries
Jean-Marc Desgent, Daniel Sloate
2008
Encompassing a range of emotions - tenderness, vengeance, desire, cruelty - this visionary poetry collection written in the first person traverses the phantom miracles and peers into the dark heart of the world.
Two Women in a Birth
Daphne Marlatt, Betsy Warland
1994
This collection of poetry represents ten years of collaborative work by two of Canada's leading feminist writers, Daphne Marlatt and Betsy Warland. Irresistible word play and erotic lyricism merge with cultural analysis here.
Twohundredandfourpoems
Roger Des Roches, Antonio D'Alfonso
2011
Translated by award-winning author Antonio D'Alfonso, this collection presents four books by prolific Quebec writer Roger Des Roches. Considered by many scholars and critics to be one of the founders of modernity in Quebec, Des Roches' writings span more than four decades and have acted as a source of inspiration...
Under My Skin
Orville Lloyd Douglas
2014
Under My Skin asks a lot of questions, questions that demand answers: Why are young black gay men invisible in Canada's queer and black communities? Do their lives really matter? How do young black men deal with the daily challenges of dealing with multiple oppressions in relation to our race...
Union
Don Share
2013
“We fought America in ourselves,” Don Share writes, and Union suggests -- in exquisitely lyrical gestures -- the breadth and depth of our public and private, civil and uncivil wars. These quietly powerful poems range from the gritty intrigues of New York City to subsistence farms, where “the dogs are...
Untying The Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s
Untying The Apron
Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s
Lorri Neilsen Glenn
2013
Mothers of the 1950s were wasp-waisted, dutiful, serene, and tied to the kitchen with apron strings. Or so we thought. This collection of searing and startling poetry and prose unties the stereotype and reveals women who were strong, wild, talented, wise, mad, creative, desperate, angry, courageous, bitter, tenacious, reckless and...
Variable Star
Vittorio Sereni, Luigi Bonaffini
1999
In this text, the poet's discourse centres on "variations" of a few fundamental themes, among which predominates, from the very first poem, the theme of death. This poetry tends to resolve itself into an oscillatory movement of lights and shadows, a movement which on the one hand reflects the changeability...
Velocity of Escape, The
Jim Johnstone
2008
Siamese twins, circus performers, burn victims, and scientists all clash in this vibrant and vivid collection. Throughout the poems, the experimental voice fills the page with broken lines, jump cuts, and a sense of nervous music. Merging poetry with theoretical science, this work occupies the gap between gravity and escape,...
Verge
Lynda Monahan
2015
Verge begins with a small fox waiting at the river's edge, symbolizing a woman at a turning point in her life. The fox lopes through the poems, at first looking back on the “cold yesterday” of childhood, then travelling with the poet as she moves through various changes and losses...
Via Diaz
Romano Perticarini, Carlo Giacobbe
1989
This bilingual edition features the third collection of poetry from Romano Perticarini, who emigrated to Canada at the age of 33. It also earned the author a Bressani Award.
Viamerica: The Eyes
Viamerica
The Eyes
Giose Rimanelli, Achille Serrao, Luigi Bonaffini
1999
Rimanelli and Serrao meet for the first time in this collection of sonnets written under the aegis of the gaze, of certain thematic and stylistic preferences that include the use of dialect, a marked experimentalism, and a transgressivity that undermines the classical model of the sonnet.
Vigil Poems
Jean Royer, Antonio D'Alfonso
2018
This compilation of selected poems from three of his books is an excellent introduction to Jean Royer the poet. Overwhelmed by the deaths of his mother and his partner, Micheline LaFrance, Royer captures in poetic verse an emotional and intellectual world rapidly fading away. Always present one reads a sense...
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