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The Circular Incantation: An Exercise in Loss and Findings
The Circular Incantation
An Exercise in Loss and Findings
Irene Marques
The incantation you find in this surprising collection is multifaceted and complex: the intimate personal, the familial and the local appear effortlessly intertwined with the collective socio-political, the mystical, the mythical, the religious, the ecological, the tribal and the cosmic. The often obvious references to specific countries like Portugal, Canada...
The Clarity of Voices: Selected Poems 1974-1981
The Clarity of Voices
Selected Poems 1974-1981
Philippe Haeck, Antonio D'Alfonso
The quest for the named word leads Philippe Haeck to adopt a transparency of style rare among the poets of his generation. Poetry rises from modesty and is the expression of the spirit of a people and the individual's imagination. It is a political and literary imaginaire.
The Courage of Poetry
Paul Chamberland, Raymond Chamberlain
The Courage of Poetry is an ars poetica, not in a technical sense, but as a declaration of the intent and function of poetry. As such it treats the most general and lofty themes with the most serious of purposes. Despite the very largeness of the questions it poses, however,...
The Cure Is a Forest
Desi Di Nardo
The Cure Is a Forest probes the various processes of growth and transformation among all living things in deep ecology. An element of animism permeates throughout the poems which are set in and against the backdrop of Canada's ecotones, greenwoods, and lakes. The Cure Is a Forest is an odyssey...
The Divine Genome
Thomas Krampf
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...
Jill Battson's highly anticipated collection of poems, The Ecstatic Torture of Gratitude, pushes deep into the heart of the human condition. In lush and visceral language Jill explores loss, beauty, nature, Francis Bacon's ordered hoarding and the meaning of Martha Stewart. Jill's poems whisper like muted Miles Davis tunes melancholy...
The Examined Life
Luciano Iacobelli
A collection of poems, concrete poems and illustrations, The Examined Life unearths the lyricism buried deep in the language and ideas of western philosophy. It tinkers with that lyricism, bends it, crafts it into a multi-shaped, multi-voiced dynamic poetry that succeeds in capturing thought in transit as it crosses both...
The Fat Man Arpeggios
Pellegrino D'Acierno
In The Fat Man Arpeggios, Pellegrino D'Acierno presents a ludic portrait of the Fat Man -- a metaphysical dandy and “foolosopher” -- who voices, through the lightness of arpeggios, his existential and amorous dilemmas.
The Fertile Crescent
Karen Shenfeld
Ancient and medieval Jewish travellers are brought to poetic life amidst images garnered from the poet's personal journeys crossing the Sahara Desert and voyaging down the Congo River.
The Graph of Roads: Selected Poems 1968-1999
The Graph of Roads
Selected Poems 1968-1999
Gilles Cyr, Patrick Williamson, Gerald Mangan, Patrick Borna, Yann Lovelock
Full of astute observations and subtle reflections, this collection explores the nature of seeing. Rather than hollowly exploiting what is seen, the author struggles to achieve wholeness by making vital connections between sight, speech, and their origins.
The Hands
Marty Gervais
Moving, intriguing, and exquisite, this collection is a paean to the iconic personalities Marty Gervais has met and written about during his career as both a poet and a journalist and includes poems about such diverse characters as Muhammad Ali, Mother Teresa, Benjamin Spock, Norman Mailer, Karen Kain and Thomas...
The Haunted Hand
Donald Winkler, Louise Dupré
A woman has her cat euthanized, a decision that causes her to become aware of her ability to kill. She writes, hand haunted by history, and returns to the forgotten memory of the time when her ancestors were animals. By writing, she tries to understand the psyche and its obvious...
The He We Knew
Merle Nudelman
Courageous and astute, this collection of poems, written in varied styles, explores the emotional upheavals caused by the estrangement of a son. Weaving together complex layers of personal history, these poems capture the poet's personal journey in trying to understand how these things happen in families and the process towards reconciliation.
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
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 Herb Garden
David Solway
Bartholomew the Englishman was a 13th century Franciscan friar and scholar whose only surviving work, De proprietatibus rerum (The Properties of Things), was intended as an encyclopaedia of the world. The Herb Garden is an imaginary representation of what his herbarium might have looked like. The dialect of the collection...
The House Is Past: Poems 1978-1998
The House Is Past
Poems 1978-1998
Pasquale Verdicchio
This collection brings together writing from a period spanning 1978-1998. It is the compilation of a portion of a life spent in a language that is borrowed and adapted, the document of an instance of cultural transition and transformation. The poetic trajectory is not simply linear and transformative, because Pasquale...
The Hugger Mugger: Selected Poems 2020
The Hugger Mugger
Selected Poems 2020
Seán Haldane
Seán Haldane's previous collections of poems have been in chronological order. But there are two chronologies: the order in which poems are written, and the order of the events they describe. For example there are six poems in The Memory Tree (2015) which concern events before The Coast and Inland...
The Irrelevant Man
Antonio D'Alfonso
What are the excuses that bring a man to count the sentence beats that his body pronounces? He could have, he should have won his bread and butter dancing in some cabaret. At least, there, he would have helped the working man and woman to forget their fatigue. But no,...
The poems in The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak explore the many identities, both visible and invisible, that a body contains. With influences from pop culture, the Bible, tech, and Hong-Kongese history, these pieces reflect and reveal how the stories of immigrants in Canada hold both universal truths...
The Last Woman: Selected Poems 1991-2001
The Last Woman
Selected Poems 1991-2001
Claudine Bertrand, Antonio D'Alfonso
The Last Woman, a selection from twenty years of poetry, is a voyage into being and living, into the country where a woman reveals herself without fear. This lyricism of survival emerges directly from an intimacy of words spoken by one in search of roots, loving and spiritual. This selection...
The Lighthouse
Elizabeth Macaluso
Elizabeth Macaluso's first volume of poetry, The Lighthouse, engages with the Italian American experience; it also explores gender, sexuality, and what it means to be a woman from Long Island. Macaluso captures the experiences of ethnic American women in this lyrical collection. She meditates on history, memory, war, and faith,...
The Long Bond: Selected and New Poems
The Long Bond
Selected and New Poems
Allan Briesmaster
The Long Bond is a gathering of the finest work from six books over four decades by a widely respected and remarkably versatile poet. It spans a massive range of subjects and styles, encompassing the Canadian landscape, music and art, love and family, science, technology, and the manifold challenges to a...
The Man Who Delivers Clouds
José Acquelin, Antonio D'Alfonso
This selection of poems offers the reader a good introduction to a poet of oxymorons, the poet who brings light out of the darkness. Born and living in Montreal, José Acquelin is known to be a poet open wide to the world. He is the author of fifteen poetry collections...
The poems in The Massacre Confirmed Our Worst Suspicions were written over a 25-year period between about 1993 and 2018. They were written as they came to me. Where they came from I have no idea. Something strikes me, bugs me for a period of time, and gets written as...
The Metamorphoses of Ishtar
Nadine Ltaif, John Mikhail Asfour
The imaginary world of Lebanese Canadian exiled poet Nadine Ltaif is rooted in the context of middle-eastern geography and mythology. Any attempt at understanding her poetic experience must be anchored in Mediterranean symbolism. The analysis of these Mediterranean symbols reveals a metaphysical process or a quest which begins with the...
The Missing Field
Jennifer Zilm
Jennifer Zilm's second poetry collection, The Missing Field, concerns themes of translation, preservation and the engagement with the transitory documents of everyday life--whether a snapshot of a Vancouver bus, postcards from the Middle East, lecture notes on Euripides, a van Gogh museum catalogue or marginalia in a water-damaged collection of...
The Moon Knows No Boundary
Mary Tilberg
The poems in this collection describe the survival of love and family during times of war. Spanning early-20th-century Russia to the present day, each war and upheaval is described as both a failure of peace and another step backward. The deeply antiwar poems attest to the survival of human love...
The Narrow Cabinet: A Zombie Chronicle
The Narrow Cabinet
A Zombie Chronicle
Asa Boxer
The Narrow Cabinet is a book about change, loss and the struggle to understand what the hell is going on in a world experiencing such rapid transformations. The movement is from (a) an old dispensation of tough minded, rugged living and surviving troubled times through (b) a narcissistic sinkhole of...
The Night Will Be Insistent: Selected Poems 1987-2002
The Night Will Be Insistent
Selected Poems 1987-2002
Denise Desautels, Daniel Sloate
The writings of Denise Desautels have circulated in Quebec and Europe for some thirty years. She is considered one of the most talented poets in Quebec, often taking inspiration from the visual arts. As her translator, I was very conscious of this aspect of her work, and when various choices...
The Other Shore
Antonio D'Alfonso
This book of broken verses, broken thoughts, about broken feelings. This, a notebook without a beginning, without an end, only a flowing towards being, a growing; contradictions and explanations.