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The Irrelevant Man
Antonio D'Alfonso
2014
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 Last Woman: Selected Poems 1991-2001
The Last Woman
Selected Poems 1991-2001
Claudine Bertrand, Antonio D'Alfonso
2006
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 Long Bond: Selected and New Poems
The Long Bond
Selected and New Poems
Allan Briesmaster
2019
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
2010
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
2011
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
2018
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
2004
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 Night Will Be Insistent: Selected Poems 1987-2002
The Night Will Be Insistent
Selected Poems 1987-2002
Denise Desautels, Daniel Sloate
2006
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
1989
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.
The Passions of Mr. Desire: Selected Poems
André Roy, Daniel Sloate
1986
André Roy's poetic universe is rich in imagery which can, at first glance, be disquieting. The version here, as in all worthwhile poetry, is unique, deeply personal but presented with the craftsman's gift for making his personal perspective on things important to others. His texts are pleasure recollected in tranquility...
The Perfect Archive
Paul Lisson
2019
At the core of the dry and purposeful language of Library Science and the Rules of Archival Practice is an Orwellian impulse that serves as a lens through which to consider what Hannah Arendt famously called “the banality of evil.” The Perfect Archive is a story in verse about an...
The Place Where Your Soul Dwells
Carole David, Nora Alleyn
2008
Poets speak the unspeakable. Carole David's poems exude the smell of life in the raw. She excavates the human landscape. She goes for the jugular. Softly. David's literary heroes include Sylvia Plath, Ann Sexton, the Beat generation. Her early prose-poems are stark and questioning. They placed her outside the Quebec...
The Unsaid Passing
B.W. Powe
2005
Meditation drafts, fragments, lyric samplings, glimpses, notes, reveries, lines on the edge of disappearing, poetry close to white space gaps, glancing off mysteries, a sacred spell of reflections and soundings, ecstasies and longings. Such is B.W. Powe's book, his first new one in nine years.
The Wall of the Earth
Giorgio Caproni, Pasquale Verdicchio
1991
The work of Giorgio Caproni has been translated into French, German, and Chinese, among others, but this collection is his first book-length English publication. His works are finely tuned to modern man's preoccupations with existence in a world deprived of certainties (for example, the existence or inexistence of God). Most...
The Weight
Ken Norris
2015
As much as a poetry collection can be “about” anything, this book is “about” unrequited love and the death of two friends. The weights of life, love, existence, mortality. The weight of getting older. And also “the waits” of life, love, existence, mortality. The weight of waiting for things to...
then touch me here
Edvins Raups, Margita Gailitis
2011
Contrary to the opinion expressed by some regarding the senselessness of contemporary poetry, I have always been tormented with this search for sense. Fuck it, do I or do I not make sense? And what the fuck is the sense of life around me and of me, myself ... These...
Things My Mother Told Me
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
1999
These poems are a breath of fresh air -- luminous, feisty, heart-breaking, and fiercely honest. Maria Mazziotti Gillan's voice has the vigor and industrial grit of Grace Paley's, and there is genuine wisdom here too -- an intelligence born of direct experience of the mother-daughter mysteries.
This Cockeyed World
Jim Christy
2013
COCKEYED: askew, crooked, intoxicated, absurd; marked by bends or angles; incongruous, not straight. In other words, Jim Christy, Canada's most iconoclastic and irreverent poet, views this cockeyed world the way it is; not only with 20/20 but x-ray vision and often through laughter and tears.
This Desert Now
Yves Préfontaine, Judith Cowan
1993
...We started to read aloud, each in turn, from Judith Cowan's translation and my original. Then the miracle occurred: two citizens of this land breaking down word by word ...all the angry pride, the incomprehension, and the dull and stupid soliloquies that have been the distinguishing characteristic of our peoples'...
This Nothing's Place
Pasquale Verdicchio
2008
Revealing the instability of location and the illusory nature of identity, this poetry collection traces the edges where the multidimensional blends, blurs, and merges, envisioning a place where form is formless and perception boundless. Taking its title from Emily Carr's Klee Wyck, which describes a strip of land that belongs...
Three Stations
Antonella Anedda, Ann Snodgrass
2010
Tidal Fury
Brenda Clews
2016
Tidal Fury intermeshes styles in narratorial strands. A love story -- he was “a literary device, and then I discovered we knew each other intimately.” An aged narcissist who wields power and invokes a subtext on the social politics of power. A poet whose muse is Medusa. Tidal Fury is...
Time Slip
John Oughton
2010
Drawn from the author's 60-year journey through the Middle East, Japan, and North America, this collection of poems offers a variety of engaging styles, ranging from sonnets to haiku to free-form experimentation, while considering the implications of technology, science, and nature in the context of the 21st century. Including previously...
To Sleep, to Love
Ken Norris
1982
To Sleep, To Love brings together direct and contemplative poems which read like pages in a novel. Individually fashioned to the required precision, each poem projects its full brilliance, especially when placed in the context of the narration. Love can be venerated or cursed but it remains a singular force...
Touch Earth
M. Travis Lane
2006
This unique collection of Canadian poetry demonstrates how poems can be complex yet communicate their essence simply and directly. This selection of spiritual, wittty, and subtly textured poems is both current and lively.
Travelling The Lost Highway: Poems 2011 -- 2018
Travelling The Lost Highway
Poems 2011 -- 2018
James Deahl
2019
Travelling The Lost Highway collects the poetry James Deahl has written from 2011 to 2018. It contains themes such as the poet's responsibility to nature, the necessity and beauty of love, elegies, and the vulnerability, yet surprising resilience, of all life. Central to the book is a series twenty-two travel...
Trivia Thief: Selected Poems
Trivia Thief
Selected Poems
Alberto Nessi, Marco Sonzogni
2011
Alberto Nessi's … strength as a poet rests with his own distinctive and daring language -- a spirit level that enables him always to align himself with the subject of his verse. And, if his work is the product of a rational and realistic pessimism -- occasionally softened by irony,...
True As Moonlight
Merle Nudelman
2014
Anticipation and awareness bud at the start of a new life and bloom with the wondrous changes that ensue. These lyrical narrative poems rejoice at the insights, emotions, and development of a newborn and her family over a brief period of years. Crafted with an artist's eye and poet's appreciation...
Twentieth Centuries
Jean-Marc Desgent, Daniel Sloate
2008
Encompassing a range of emotions - tenderness, vengeance, desire, cruelty - this visionary poetry collection written in the first person traverses the phantom miracles and peers into the dark heart of the world.
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