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Colour Theory
Megan Mueller
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...
Jane Dick
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
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...
Gaston Miron, Dennis Egan
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
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
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
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
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...
Dead Shadows
Daniel Sloate
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
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.
Devour Me Too
Dacia Maraini, Genni Donati Gunn
This is Dacia Maraini's third book of poetry, a translation of her Italian collection Mangiami pure.
Dreaming Our Space
Marguerite Andersen, Antonio D'Alfonso
Dreaming Our Space, a translation of genre-defying prose poems speaks of the difficult mother-daughter relationship in tormented yet hopeful words. Upon publication under the title L'Autrement pareille, the Toronto critic Barbara Godard compared the text to writings by Nicole Brossard and called Andersen, the older author, "Brossard's literary daughter."
Eleventh Toe
Julie Roorda
Careful craftsmanship is rare today. So often poetry breaks down into mere announcement, propaganda or banal statement: but not these poems. Julie Roorda has succeeded in finding the right image for the right moment, and she has accomplished even more through her ability to challenge and control the forms and...
Estonian Elegy: Selected Poems
Estonian Elegy
Selected Poems
Jüri Talvet, H.L. Hix
From one of Estonia's finest poets and literary figures, this new collection showcases the poetry of Juri Talvet and represents the classic voice that has propelled him to the upper echelon of the medium. Providing insight into Talvet's country of origin, these poems show a worldview unique to Estonia's burgeoning...
Every Night of Our Lives
Rocco de Giacomo
The twin themes of domestic adventure and dreams work together in Every Night of Our Lives to create a tactile and brightly-coloured odyssey of the mundane. At times harrowing and sombre and at other times humorous and bizarre, Every Night provides a meaningful account of middle-aged life in the new...
Thin is the line between dreaming and wakefulness, wellness and disorder, here and there, this and that. Elana Wolff's poems illuminate the porousness of states and relations, the connective compulsion of poetic perception, in language that blends the oracular and the everyday, the elliptical and the lucent, the playful and...
Exile at Last: Selected Poems
Exile at Last
Selected Poems
Chava Rosenfarb, Goldie Morgentaler
Most of the poems presented here are from Rosenfarb's last book of poetry, Aroys fun gan-eydn (Out of Paradise, 1965). The ghetto poems are from the volume Di balade fun nekhtikn vald (The Ballad of Yesterday's Forest). The poems have been arranged so that they follow roughly the chronology of...
Extraordinary Renditions
Niki Lambros
The voices in Extraordinary Renditions come from the deep past when war began; and span the centuries to the present moment, with war still raging around the globe. We hear the ancient story of how violent killers became heroes and then saints, how the picture of torture became an icon...
Fables for Isolated Men
Barry Dempster
Although his work has appeared in most of Canada's prestigious magazines, Fables for Isloated Men is Barry Dempster's first collection of poems. What in this book seems at first an innocent consideration of the workings of convention and habit turns out to be a superlatively crafted study of what really...
Federico Garcia Lorca: Songs and Ballads
Federico Garcia Lorca
Songs and Ballads
Federico Garcia Lorca, Robin Skelton
Federico Garcia Lorca regarded his poems, essentially, as verbal music and, in fact, performed each poem many times before he committed it to the pages of a book. “Performance poems,” they were all intended to be spoken, sung, chanted, and not merely read. It is this aspect of Lorca's poetry...
Fire Watcher
Vivian Demuth
From the vast expanse of the boreal forest, Vivian Demuth shows both an exquisite eye for detail and a profound concern for the larger environmental picture. Her lively poems show that, to an engaged observer with an accomplished literary imagination, the mountain forest is a complex, animated bio-community.
First Day
Malca Litovitz
In First Day, Malca Litovitz's third collection, childhood memories, love, nature, and battles with illness are depicted on a broad canvas of lyrical and prose poems. Malca Litovitz's first book, To Light, To Water (1998), won the Canadian Jewish Book Award in 2000. Her second book, At the Moonbean Cafe,...
Laura Boss
Laura Boss proves she is an audacious poet. She succeeds in writing risk-taking poems that are full of ironic and wry humour. The poems speak with the self-deprecating, down to earth voice of a sensual woman. This is a poet whose increasingly sure hand guides her to handle her explosive...
Sonia Di Placido
Flesh--a composite of poems showing persons, nature, language and spaces that meet, separate and become a fluidity or not. An unforgiving flesh that scars surfaces and the forgiving flesh that rebuilds beings.
Floating Bodies
Julie Roorda
Bodies float in rapture, and in death, transported by waves of pleasure, or lapped by failure, fallen, having flown too close to the sun. The poems in this collection are at once macabre and ecstatic, probing the body by means of metaphysics and transcendence through pure sensuality. They...
Flowers in Magnetic Fields
Raymond Filip
Filip's fourth collection of poetry deals with cultural identity in a pluralistic society, gender issues, and our place in the celestial neighbourhood. Fresh, defiant, unconventional, this book is a virtuoso performance.
Footprints of Dark Energy
Henry Beissel
The title poem of this collection takes us on an epic journey across past and present historical events and through spaces defined by the natural sciences, as it explores the challenges of being human in these troubled times. It is accompanied by a gathering of shorter poems that confront the...
For the Baptism of Our Fragments
Mario Luzi, Luigi Bonaffini
Described as the most "conspicuous voice in Italian poetry after Eugenio Montale," Mario Luzi created for himself an unmistakably individual rhythm, idiom, and ethos ... Particular to Luzi's poetry is the quality of lyricism, and tone of conversational intimacy, of which For the Baptism of Our Fragments represents the crowing...
Clara Blackwood
Shadowed with foretellings and premonitions, this collection of sometimes sombre, sometimes whimsical poems takes the reader on an odyssey whereby things bizarre, miraculous and bewildering can and often do happen. Where “Shellfish could fall from the skies, / summer and winter / congeal.” Whether drawing inspiration from urban life, the...
All eight of Schierbeek's books of prose-poetry from 1951 on, which he termed “compositional novels,” have a musical form and content--words as notes in a sound-defined imaginal context. De gestalte der stem (The Shape of the Voice, 1977) is the first part of a mythologizing trilogy -- “to give...