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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 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 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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
Elana Wolff
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
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 Tongue
Antonio D'Alfonso
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
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
A bilingual French-English selection of poems by Governor General award-winning Quebecois poet and songwriter.
Borrowed Light
Merle Nudelman
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.
Burning The Furniture
Paul Nelson
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
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
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
George Elliott Clarke
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,...
Cantos North / Cantos du nord: An English-French Bilingual Edition
Cantos North / Cantos du nord
An English-French Bilingual Edition
Henry Beissel, Arlette Francière
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
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...