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Birdheart
Elana Wolff
2001
The poems in Elana Wolff's first collection, Birdheart, trace a summer's trip from Toronto to the American west coast and back. These short, melodious pieces distill doubt, loss, beauty, and accommodation using flowers, animals, and people as their instruments. Each poem reads as a lyric unto its own, as well...
Black Diva: Selected Poems 1982-1986
Black Diva
Selected Poems 1982-1986
Jean-Paul Daoust, Daniel Sloate
1991
Concerned with the quest for love, this selection, specially translated by Daniel Sloate from various collections of the poet's work, is a lyrical exploration of homosexual love and the angst of solitude.
Black Suede Cave
David Reibetanz
2013
The poems in Black Suede Cave meditate on the space inside us, where darkness and imagination animate the unknowable. They illuminate the shadows of memory that slip into our darker corners, reveal by lamplight the nightscape of Toronto, and marvel at how loss creates vivid places of reflection around...
Black Tongue
Antonio D'Alfonso
1983
Antonio D'Alfonso's verse is sans the ornaments or relics of mercy. He is anything but frugal with his wrath or passion. He explores human instinct and feeling, and presents them for the delicate beasts they are. There is little, it seems, in this world which is above contempt or incapable...
Blood Rises
David Haskins
2020
The past infuses the present in the poems gathered in this collection. Painting a transformative wind helps restore a culture to a decimated people. Everyday events trigger a yearning for love from those already departed. A goldfish experiences poetry for the first time, again. An arduous ascent through the Peruvian...
Body of Night: Selected Poems
Body of Night
Selected Poems
Gilbert Langevin, Marc Plourde
1987
A bilingual French-English selection of poems by Governor General award-winning Quebecois poet and songwriter.
Borrowed Light
Merle Nudelman
2003
Weaving together complex layers of personal and political history, this collection of poems traces a Jewish family's path from 1930s Europe to 21st-century Canada. Recalling the delicate, enduring family bonds that have held fast through war and peacetime, these poems find lyric expression for the past century's traumas, large and small.
Breathing Underwater
Pablo Valdivia, Ross Woods
2014
Pablo Valdivia's debut collection, Respirar bajo el agua (Breathing Underwater), stands as a conversation between a young man and the world around him. It is a collection tinged with aching nostalgia -- an emotion intensified by the often sterile images inspired by the Swedish and English backdrops in many of...
buckled into the sky
Adele Graf
2021
We travel the world to discover where home really is. In buckled into the sky, Adele Graf routes our search for home through ancestors in their own country and family who settled abroad. Yet it's only after travel that we're drawn to “zigzag back” to our “pillared front door” --...
Burning The Furniture
Paul Nelson
2014
Paul Nelson's new collection, Burning the Furniture, moves through a startling array of things seen while arranging the experience of them into a lucid privacy of mind that is the feature of first memory, what quiets the human heart -- these are wonderful and beautiful poems. -- Norman Dubie, author...
Canticles I (mmxvii)
George Elliott Clarke
2017
The second part of Book I of “The Canticles” continues the dialogue -- as dramatic monologues -- of those who fostered the transatlantic slave trade, or who demonized the image of the Negro in the Occident; as well as those who struggled for liberation and/or anti-racism. In this work, Dante...
Canticles I: mmxvi
George Elliott Clarke
2016
Book I of “The Canticles” puts into dialogue -- as dramatic monologues -- those who fostered the transatlantic slave trade, or who demonized the image of the Negro in the Occident; as well as those who struggled for liberation and/or anti-racism. In this work, Dante can critique Christopher Columbus and...
Canticles II: MMXIX
Canticles II
MMXIX
George Elliott Clarke
2019
Canticles is a lyric-styled epic. This second testament--Canticles II (MMXIX) and the forthcoming Canticles II (MMXX)--issues re-readings--revisions, rewrites--of scriptures crucial to the emergent (Anglophone) African Diaspora in the Americas. Canticles II (MMXIX) follows Testament I (also issued in two parts--Canticles I [MMXVI] and Canticles I [MMXVII]) whose subject is History, principally,...
Canticles II (MMXX)
George Elliott Clarke
2020
Canticles is a lyric-styled epic. Clarke's visions of canonical and apocryphal scriptures are black in ink, but lightning in illumination. Testament II issues re-readings, revisions, rewrites of scriptures crucial to the emergent (Anglophone) African Diaspora in the Americas. Canticles II (MMXIX) and Canticles II (MMXX) follow Testament I (also issued in two parts) whose subject is...
Cantos North / Cantos du nord: An English-French Bilingual Edition
Cantos North / Cantos du nord
An English-French Bilingual Edition
Henry Beissel, Arlette Francière
2017
Epic in scope, lyrical in its celebration of nature, frequently uncompromising in its portrayal of human violence and greed, and rich in the keenly observed details -- colours, sounds, rhythms, scents, and voices -- that constitute this place we call “our home and native land,” Cantos North/Cantos du nord sings...
Changing Shores
Nadine Ltaif, Christine Tipper
2009
One woman's emotional and cultural journey is luxuriously illustrated in this moving collection, as she artfully recounts leaving Lebanon for a new life in Canada. In a voice that blends prose with poetry, she copes with the newfound sense of rootlessness she gains in exchange for her new freedom. Though...
Changing The Face of Canadian Literature: A Diverse Canadian Anthology
Changing The Face of Canadian Literature
A Diverse Canadian Anthology
Dane Swan
2020
Needless to say, moments like now, when the hurdles to becoming a respected author are at their lowest. When the only hurdles to being published are the quality of your writing and your patience to deal with certain less and less important gatekeepers. Moments in history like this, must be...
Collected Poems
Len Gasparini
2015
This collection spans almost five decades and contains more than two hundred poems -- poems that demonstrate the variety of Len Gasparini's themes and styles, his ironical vision, and his verse rhythms in the use of language. Together they document the development of a strong creative source in Canadian poetry.
Colour Theory
Megan Mueller
2016
A letter of apology to Vincent Van Gogh, a flat-footed dialogue with Bernini's Pope Gregory, a searing glimpse into a young dissident's life between the Wars -- Colour Theory catapults readers back in time to unpack the human condition through vivid imagery and gripping narratives. It investigates how the mind...
Conceptions
Jane Dick
1992
First published in hardcover by Guernica in 1980 (as the third volume in the Essential Poets Series), Conceptions presents a bold and erotic female sexuality at a time when such presentations were considered uncouth.
Concrete City: Selected Poems
Concrete City
Selected Poems
Claude Beausoleil, Raymond Chamberlain
1983
The retroglances and the stargazing -- Marlene Marilyn Judy Ava Rita Peggy -- the tension that produced their art -- desire modern style, style with class, desire to love within the captivating mala fide artifice of our modernity -- is what Claude Beausoleil is most sensitive to. A tangoed torsion...
Cosmic Bowling
Cornelia Hoogland, Ted Goodden
2020
This book is a collaborative work of Ted Goodden's ceramic sculptures and Cornelia Hoogland's poems. Specifically, they are responding through image and text to the 64 hexagrams contained in the ancient book of wisdom, the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Cosmic Bowling's calm weather lands in the midst of...
Counterpanes
Gaston Miron, Dennis Egan
1993
The pivotal figure of Quebec literature and publishing since the fifties, Gaston Miron in this collection first published in 1975 confirmed his reputation as one of the most important Quebecois poets. For Miron, the role of language in poetry is essential and he is primarily concerned with the relation between...
Courage Underground
Julie Roorda
2006
The poems in Courage Underground burrow beneath the skin to examine the relationship between consciousness and body. They penetrate hidden emotions contained by vital organs; they enter the sensibilities of lower order creatures and characters of the mythic underworld. The journey elicits new perspectives on loss and alienation that are...
Crito Di Volta: An Epic
Crito Di Volta
An Epic
Marc di Saverio
2020
When 26-year old Crito Di Volta is released after 10 years of psychiatric institutionalization, he develops and launches Mortarismo--a new socio-political, psycho-spiritual, artistic movement-- with the aim of deinstitutionalizing, and eventually reconnecting with, all of humanity. Called a work of genius and a poem that exceeds Allen Ginsberg's Howl in...
Croton Elegies
Antonio Barolini, Helen Barolini
1991
This collection of poetry, inspired by Antonio Barolini's residence in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, was originally published as Elegie di Croton (1959) for which it was awarded the Bagutta Literary Prize in Italy in 1960.
Dark Domain
Eugénio De Andrade, Alexis Levitin
2000
The four classical elements of earth, water, air, and fire are never absent from de Andrade's work. Nor is the human body, whose sensuality and sexuality lie at the heart of Dark Domain. For this poet, proud to be called solar and pagan, the body itself is the final 'metaphor...
Dark Menagerie
Élise Turcotte, Andrea Moorhead
2014
The poems in Dark Menagerie want to encompass a radical experience of loneliness. It travels through the silence of a poor and clumsy eternity, followed by scenes shot in a flooded city, discovering lost and stubborn things that reflect a strong and dark bond with life. These are visions, fragments...
Dead Shadows
Daniel Sloate
1982
Daniel Sloate's imagination has remained intact over the years. Be it in the form of the prose-poem or free verse, he rearranges the chaos in private experience by giving it an order which is entirely metaphorical. Every facet in our experience can be transformed into a myth-image and, as myth,...
Despite My Growling Heart
Werner Lambersy, Daniel De Bruycker
1990
Published in French as Quoique mon coeur en gronde ... (1985), Despite My Growling Heart marks Lambersy's first book translation into English. The book continues his exploration of the theme of self-effacement through love (from the carnal to the mystic) and through writing.
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