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Guernica and Other Poems
Alexis Levitin
The writing of Carlos De Oliveira is usually considered neo-realist, but this selection of poems also shows the influence of symbolism, surrealism, and cubism. These poems reflect on the nature of writing in the actual process of its production, which lends this work great density and acuity.
Habibi: The diwan of Alim Maghrebi
The diwan of Alim Maghrebi
David Solway
Habibi, the love poems of the Moroccan poet Alim Maghrebi, is the latest in a series of David Solway's poetic "translations,"dating from Andreas Karavis' Saracen Island and including Nesmine Rifat's Pallikari, Rhys Savarin's Reaching for Clear, Bartholomew the Englishman's The Properties of Things, and Dov Ben-Zamir's New Wine, Old Bottles,...
How to Sing to a Dago
Rachel Guido DeVries
The "Dago" in the title of this book of poems sings with irreverence and with fire. Whether she is writing about her family origins in such poems as "Italian Grocer" or "Mamma," or in the long evocative closing poem, "Birds Remembering," Rachel Guido deVries' perspective is that of a southern...
I Sleep in the Arms of Your Eyes
Beverly Ellenbogen
I Sleep in the Arms of Your Eyes is a reflection on love, freely given and loss fully lived. These poems are a contemplation on family life, and on the navigation through attachment, devotion and attempts at connection. They convey in brave simplicity of grounded language a sense of self...
If This Were Death
Paul Chanel Malenfant, Marylea MacDonald
In If This Were Death, Paul Chanel Malenfant mourns the loss of a beloved woman by evoking the privileged moments of a life -- the grace of a landscape or painting, the emotion of things seen, windows open onto the world -- as a ceremonial and consoling leave-taking.
In the Garden of I Am
Max Layton
Although every poem in this book begins with the same first three words, each is a world unto itself. The poems range in subject from the intensely personal to the profoundly philosophical. Some poems are funny, some deadly serious; some filled with whimsy, some with horror. Stylistically, some poems relish...
In Your Crib
Austin Clarke
Two black men: the poet, an elder and veteran of last century's civil rights movement; and a nameless youth, swaggering and beltless, seduced by guns-and-gangs and expensive cars, and perpetually targeted by police. They are brothers by the colour of their skin, neighbours in the same “crib,” yet separated by...
Carol Barbour
Carol Barbour's new book of poetry is a heady concoction of sumptuous beauty and dangerous relations. Characterized by a strong, rhythmic cadence, the language is evocative of the beating heart which nudges at the edge of being. Trauma is carefully negotiated, wrestling in a precarious balance between memory and what...
Marco Fraticelli
A collection that is marked by being the first volume of poetry to be published by Guernica Editions.
Italian Women and Other Tragedies
Gianna Patriarca
This book is the first part of Gianna Patriarca's trilogy on Italian women. Winner of the Milton Acorn award, the collection remains popular today almost 20 years after it was first published.
Italian Women in Black Dresses
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Written to read like a memoir, this collection of poetry details the life of a family across generations and provides a moving and haunting portrait of the Italian mother who is the center around which this family revolves. But this is much more than a story about ethnicity; it transcends...
Keeping Afloat
M. Travis Lane
In her new collection, Travis Lane speaks of the 'impermanent elation' that 'a word,/ like a live fish in water, sometimes shows.' The language of Keeping Afloat flashes with wit, sensuousness, and a combination of faith (elation) and skepticism (impermanence). In a time when too many poets favour fragments or...
Life in the Singular: Selected Poems
Life in the Singular
Selected Poems
Claude Beausoleil, Daniel Sloate
This collection of mental landscapes overflows with visions, some as haunting as half-remembered dreams, nightmarish or joyous, depending on where the dreamer's gaze comes to rest. The poetic effect of this process is mesmerising, similar to a convoluted mantra, soothing as sleep but with the imperious and obsessive knowledge that...
Ruth Panofsky
In these gentle, perceptive lyrics, Ruth Panofsky voices the subtle intricacies of familial pleasure and its accompanying pain: the illness of a beloved child, the loss of a parent, the daily joy and quotidian sorrow family brings. Panofsky risks "releasing into life" poems that illustrate both the attachments and the...
Light And Time
Michael Mirolla
Michael Mirolla's poetic world is one where a mirror - or any simple reflective item - is tilted ever so slightly, providing an opening to places we would never have imagined existed. (One of them is his own birth, from the inside, looking reluctantly out.) The poet is a metaphysical...
Max Layton
Like consists of fifty poems every one of which uses the word “like.” Like is about people and things Layton likes -- or, sometimes, dislikes. In these poems, Layton expresses a gamut of emotions, from the fear of death to the peaceful contentment of watching two nesting Canadian geese. However,...
Gil Fagiani
Using the poetry of the people and the language of the streets, Gil Fagiani brings to life the world of addiction and treatment -- with the tumultuous 1960s as background. Fagiani tells the story of Logos, a heroin treatment center in South Bronx -- not as an outsider but as...
Love is a very long word
Majlinda Bashllari
Love is a very long word explores the parallel, ambiguous realms of freedom and love -- much coveted yet unnatural states of the human mind. Combining the tradition of Balkan lyricism with narrative modernist techniques, these bold poems witness the cross-cultural world of their subjects -- from wounds to hope,...
Day's poems press toward the realm where the sensuous and the sacred fuse. Queer and reflective, lyric and narrative, these poems offer a seductive meditation on the processes of creation.
Nicole Brossard, Barbara Godard
This is the poetry by Nicole Brossard who has become well known as a lesbian feminist theorist and writer and as the leading figure among Quebec post-modernist writers. Her work blurs the boundaries between fiction and theory, subverting the fictions patriarchal discourse has spun about women's lives by working with...
Loyalty to the Hunt
Dorina Michelutti
Marimba Forever
Jim Christy
The poetry in Marimba Forever is concerned with love and longing, which the author displays in all their multifarious guises. Many of the poems can be regarded as small films: nourish, action, farce or slapstick; others call music to mind: a tenor saxophone improvising on a standard melody in the...
Elana Wolff
Weaving homage and history, this collection of poetry was inspired by the life of Charlotte Saloman, the Berlin-born artist who perished at Auschwitz. Saloman was the author of Life? Or Theatre? an evocative fictionalized autobiography in paint that Saloman described as a means of conquering death. Bringing together biography and...
math for couples
Adele Graf
In math for couples, we re-visit the past to discover our place in the contemporary world. A long-dead father watches his daughter work on her Mac, a woman converses with a photo of her young self. Adele Graf leads us on a journey that is rich and hopeful, evoking powerful...
Melusine: A Ballad and a Diary
A Ballad and a Diary
Antonio Porta, Anthony Molino
Written towards the end of an ever evolving career in poetic form and political intent, Melusine possesses the urgency of a summary statement concerning life and art … Melusine underscores Porta's rational optimism which advises us to seek always those unimaginable utopias of historical difference lying just beyond the perimeters...
Mirror Image
Len Gasparini
In Mirror Image, Len Gasparini conflates lyrical poetry and prose into one voice, a voice that recalls the rock-and-roll Fifties, and then segues into a woman's dramatic monologue, followed by two maverick poets philosophizing on women and sexuality, and concludes with a narrative tinged with nostalgia and tempered with irony.
Molisan Poems: Selected Poems
Molisan Poems
Selected Poems
Eugenio Cirese, Luigi Bonaffini
Although unknown in North America, Eugenio Cirese is one of Italy's most accomplished dialect poets, and the only dialect poet from the region of Molise to be included in national anthologies, such as the one edited by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Dell'Arco (1954). In the extremely varied landscape of Italian...
Moon On Wild Grasses
Keith Garebian
Moon on Wild Grasses, with illustrations by the author, shows the unsuspected scope of a very concise, precise poetic form. Keith Garebian's haiku encompass a wide range of themes in a vividly elegant style that combines the pictorial with the passionate, erotic or reflective. Nature, empirical experience, the self, love,...
Moving Landscape
Pasquale Verdicchio
Karen Shenfeld's careful, concentrated language draws the reader in. Her's is a charged, physical world where figure skates are "a shock of alpine white," and the Torah's "crowned letters dance." It is also a world marked by profound metaphysical connections where fireflies flash "coded signals of their secret selves." There...