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Arguments for Lawn Chairs
Aaron Kreuter
2016
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...
Bending the Continuum
Dane Swan
2011
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.
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...
Downtown Flirt
Peter Jickling
2019
In October 2016 Peter Jickling left the Yukon to write in Toronto. His resulting poems document subjects ranging from subletting to subways -- illuminating quiet moments amidst noise. Sometimes sad, often funny, and always humane, Downtown Flirt is an outsider's account of urban life.
Exaltation in Cadmium Red
Sonia Di Placido
2012
Exaltation in Cadmium Red splatters and brushes in poems, both as a toxic, poisonous, metallic mix, and a rich, vibrant, powerful oil colour. Shades of cadmium red have persisted throughout history as the most exuberant in the oil-paint palette; the hues meant to be mixed with other oils in subtle,...
Footsteps on the Ceiling
Beverly Ellenbogen
2010
In Footsteps on the Ceiling, Baila Ellenbogen explores the overlapping planes of existence her experience and intellectual curiosity have led her to inhabit, reliving childhood memories while questions of faith and domestic responsibilities collide. With a combination of personal, lyrical, and mystical images, the poet examines our ability to love...
Lessons of Chaos and Disaster
Catherine Black
2008
A stunning collection of poems, these works explore moments of empathy in suffering, epiphany in ruin, and grace in surrender. In chronicling a journey from childhood grief through the dark rapture of love and longing, these translucent poems unveil vulnerability, uncertainty, and movement into the half-light of a new beginning.
Navy Blue
Steve Meagher
2016
Broken hymns. Desperate prayers. Tales of first heroes. Stories of the street. The poems in Navy Blue walk the middle ground between sorrow and salvation, tackling themes of devotion, regret, innocence lost and mortality through an array of dark landscapes and narratives of the dispossessed. Written in sharp and urgent...
Orioles in the Oranges
Melanie Janisse
2009
Orioles in the Oranges is an exquisitely told story of a destructive modern love, woven together with a famous M├ętis legend of Pelee Island - involving a young woman who plunged to her death in Lake Erie after being abandoned by her English husband. Janisse's own Metis heritage, as well...
Paramita, Little Black
Suzanne Robertson
2011
In her first collection of poems, Suzanne Robertson meditates on the nature of intimacy; the connective tissue that binds stranger to stranger, human to animal, soul to landscape, heart to mind. Inspired by the Buddhist paramitas -- actions that spark a spiritual sojourn, the poems attempt to both transcend and...
Subway Medusa
Clara Blackwood
2007
This collection of poems is filled with psychics, surfers, femmes fatales, and the love-stricken. Whether focused on an unwitting subway passenger, a seeker investigating ancient beliefs, or a young woman looking for online romance, the sinister and the alluring combine to create this compilation of hilariously skewed, quasi-narrative poetry.
The Plural of Some Things
Desi Di Nardo
2008
Written with a probingly sensitive eye, this collection of poems illuminates the subtle and poignant moments in life-moments that cause people to grow and, occasionally, to digress as individuals. Greatly emphasizing musicality, this compilation re-examines the common aspects of everyday life from a female perspective. The urban world and its...
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,...
Wait
Ned Baeck
2018
In the writing of Wait, Ned Baeck intends to cut through the dishonesty and abuse that skew life. The subject is the struggle to live with integrity, and is as much about pain as love, squalor as aspiration. If the poems mark that the apprenticeship to poetry is endless, that...
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...
From the drunk tank to the graduate seminar, We are no longer the smart kids in class asks what it means to think and be, play and learn, ride bikes and make love in a world of depleting resources, technological proliferation, and corroding ecosystems. A fantasia of academic disillusionment and...
We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite
Conyer Clayton
2020
In her debut collection of poetry, Conyer Clayton hovers in the ether, grasping wildly for a fleeting sense of certitude. Through experiences with addiction and co-dependence, sex and art, nature and death, she grapples for transcendence while exploring what it means to disengage. What is revealed when you allow yourself...