Category: Poetry

I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career

City Lights Books | May 12, 2015 | 212 pages
One of the longest relationships between a publisher and a writer, documented in an intimate correspondence spanning their respective careers.  More Info

City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology

April 14, 2015 | 316 pages
A comprehensive selection from Ferlinghetti's famed City Lights Pocket Poets Series, published on the 60th anniversary of its founding.  More Info

Broom Broom

March 15, 2014 | 69 pages
Nothing slips by Brecken Hancock's deft ear as she seductively plumbs the depths of the evolution of bathing, doppelgangers, the Kraken, and the minutiae of family with all its tragic misgivings. The poems in Broom Broom pervert the rational, safe parts of the world to extoll and absorb the sweep... More Info

The Romantic Poets

Canterbury Classics | July 14, 2015 | 800 pages
Romanticism gained traction in the late 1700s as writers moved away from the intellectualism of the Enlightenment and toward more emotional and natural themes. The major works of the movement’s five most famous poets — William Wordsworth, George Gordon Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor... More Info

Thunderbird Poems

Harbour Publishing | May 1, 2015 | 80 pages
Norval Morrisseau's revered work has been honoured, copied and recognized throughout the art world and beyond. Less widely known but equally captivating is the artist's personal life story, which poet and biographer Armand Garnet Ruffo related in his powerful narrative biography, Norval Morrisseau:... More Info

The Deleted World

House of Anansi | December 10, 2011 |
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Asbestos Heights

April 1, 2015 | 112 pages
"Asbestos Heights" is the poke in the eye that misses and ends up somewhere else.  More Info

A Serious Call

The Porcupine's Quill | March 27, 2015 | 64 pages
In A Serious Call, Governor General’s Award-winner Don Coles presents a collection of moments suspended in time: a line of poetry, forgotten for years and remembered as often; a photograph cut out of a 1942 newspaper that saves its subjects not from death but from oblivion; a fond memory of a... More Info

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

Simon & Schuster | April 28, 2015 | 336 pages
A life-enhancing tour through classic and contemporary poems that have made men cry: “The Holdens remind us that you don’t have to be an academic or a postgraduate in creative writing to be moved by verse….It’s plain fun” (The Wall Street Journal). Grown men aren’t supposed to cry…Yet... More Info

The Road in Is Not the Same Road Out

April 9, 2015 | 112 pages
In her fourth collection, and the first since the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning Pigeon, Karen Solie advances her extraordinary poetics of impetus and second thoughts. Ferrying the intimate self through the public realm, these poems meditate on the tensile strength of our most elemental bonds and... More Info

This Present Moment

Counterpoint | April 1, 2015 | 88 pages
"This present moment That lives on To become Long ago." For his first collection of new poems since his celebrated Danger on Peaks, published in 2004, Gary Snyder finds himself ranging over the planet. Journeys to the Dolomites, to the north shore of Lake Tahoe, from Paris and Tuscany to the shrine... More Info

Otter

May 12, 2015 | 88 pages
From the trenches of Verdun to gay bars to Parisian hotel rooms, "Otter" shares spaces with men.  More Info

Kapusta

March 20, 2015 | 128 pages
In Kapusta, Moure performs this silence on the page and aloud, writing “gesture” and “voice” to explore the relation between responsibility and place, body, memory, sorrow, and sonority. Here, poetry flourishes as a book “beyond the book,” in a space of performance that starts and stops... More Info

The Exiles' Home Gallery

March 20, 2015 | 128 pages
Widely praised for her engagement with and attention to craft, Elise Partridge's The Exiles' Gallery confirms her standing as one of the most thoughtful, authentic voices in contemporary poetry. The poems in her third collection continue to explore what she has called "implicit questions about... More Info

The Pemmican Eaters

E C W Press | April 1, 2015 | 96 pages
A picture of the Riel Resistance from one of Canada’s preeminent Métis poets With a title derived from John A. Macdonald’s moniker for the Métis, The Pemmican Eaters explores Marilyn Dumont’s sense of history as the dynamic present. Combining free verse and metered poems, her latest... More Info

Trying Again to Stop Time

February 16, 2015 | 128 pages
"One morning, long ago, juice from an apple dripped onto my words, leaving them stained forever." – From "A Soulful Sunshine" Jalal Barzanji’s poetry willingly mutates his native Kurdish experiences into the global. In the tradition of Taslima Nasrin, Adonis, Yehuda Amichai, and Mahmoud... More Info

S O S

Grove Press | February 1, 2015 | 560 pages
Fusing the personal and the political in high-voltage verse, Amiri Baraka?"whose long illumination of the black experience in America was called incandescent in some quarters and incendiary in others" (New York Times)?was one of the preeminent writers of the past century. This volume comprises the... More Info

The World's Wife

Pan Macmillan Adult | September 23, 2014 | 96 pages
That saying? Behind every famous man . . . ? From Mrs. Midas to Queen Kong, from Elvis's twin sister to Pygmalion's bride, they're all here, in Carol Ann Duffy's inspired and inspirational collection, The World's Wife. Witty and thought-provoking, this is a tongue-in-cheek, no-holds-barred look at... More Info

The Weary Blues

Knopf | February 10, 2015 | 128 pages
Nearly ninety years after its first publication, this celebratory edition of The Weary Blues reminds us of the stunning achievement of Langston Hughes, who was just twenty-four at its first appearance. Beginning with the opening "Proem" (prologue poem)--"I am a Negro: / Black as the night is black,... More Info

Citizen

Graywolf Press | October 7, 2014 | 160 pages
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some... More Info

Chamber Music

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | October 31, 2014 | 84 pages
Arcing across thirty years and seven volumes, Jan Zwicky’s poetry has always been acutely musical (and sensitive to the silence out of which music comes). In the compositions in Chamber Music, the first anthology of Zwicky’s poems, one may perceive the attunement of her vocations: poet,... More Info

The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie

Cormorant Books | September 1, 2014 | 120 pages
The finest example of two great artists working together to explore the soul of their nation. The Journals of Susanna Moodie, arguably Margaret Atwood's finest work of poetry, was first published by Oxford University Press in 1970. In it, she adopts the voice of Susanna Strickland Moodie, an... More Info

Blue Horses

Penguin Press | October 14, 2014 | 96 pages
Presents a collection of poems that reflects the author's signature imagery-based language and her observations of the unaffected beauty of nature.  More Info

Creative Alliances

July 28, 2015 | 219 pages
Tribal histories suggest that Indigenous peoples from many different nations continually allied themselves for purposes of fortitude, mental and physical health, and creative affiliations. Such alliance building, Molly McGlennen tells us, continues in the poetry of Indigenous women, who use the... More Info

Ley Lines

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | October 23, 2014 | 160 pages
Ley lines mark alignments of sacred sites such as ridgetops and ancient megaliths and create pathways between them. This book too marks alignments and creates pathways, but its sacred sites are not monuments, they’re artworks and poems. Its various forms of exchange between writers and artists... More Info
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The Age of the Poets

Verso | November 4, 2014 | 160 pages
The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger's famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it... More Info

Burning Daylight

Arbeiter Ring Pub | September 1, 2014 | 120 pages
Musical theatre meets poetry in Burning Daylight, a poetry collection and song cycle drawing together the Yukon Gold Rush of the early 20th century and the Arctic iron ore mining mega-projects of the modern day. Through a feminist lens, it examines dislocation, isolation, family and frailty,... More Info

House Dreams

Brick Books | October 1, 2014 | 104 pages
House Dreams House Dreams, Deanna Young's haunted and haunting third collection, is at once a core sample of the life we all live underground, and a view beneath the foundations of the various eras and places that make up one woman's life story. These poems have the plainspoken power, surreal... More Info

Echo Soundings

October 15, 2014 | 200 pages
Echo Soundings is a collection of Jeffery Donaldson's critical writings on Canadian and American poets, including James Merrill, Elizabeth Bishop, Mark Strand, Richard Outram, Anne Compton, and Al Moritz. At the core is a series of think-pieces on poetry and poetics where an essential relation... More Info

Live from the Afrikan Resistance!

September 1, 2014 | 144 pages
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Nocturnes

Bookland PressInc | October 15, 2014 | 88 pages
Inspired by music, this poetry collection is composed of assonances, rhythms, musical phrases, and improvisations that outline the beginning and the end of everything that matters. Paul Savoie delves into the different dimensions of music that enable him to pierce the gray or to go through crystal,... More Info

Orient

Brick Books | October 15, 2014 | 96 pages
Gillian Wigmore Orient is the third collection from one of Western Canada's most accomplished poets. Composed mainly of three long poems—an extended meditation on the connection between man and fish, the lament of a big-souled cowboy poet looking up from rock bottom, and a historical envisioning... More Info

Cinema of the Present

September 9, 2014 | 112 pages
A 25-frames-per-second look at the kinetic, cinematic self by a master poet.  More Info

Selected Poems

Harper Collins | February 9, 2000 | 208 pages
Tomas TranstrÖmer's poems are thick with the feel of life lived in a specific place: the dark, overpowering Swedish winters, the long thaws and brief paradisal summers in the Stockholm archipelago. He conveys a sense of what it is like to be a private citizen in the second half of the twentieth... More Info

[Sharps]

Icehouse Poetry | October 1, 2014 | 96 pages
Emergencies, faith, truancy, and poverty intersect in this wry debut that volunteers a transfusion of the unpredictable for those who yearn to transition beyond a muralized Olive Garden world. Stevie Howell's [Sharps] takes its cue from an Egyptian hieroglyph used interchangeably to represent... More Info

On Malice

September 9, 2014 | 96 pages
The fairground screamed. The mountains and valley were gone. The fire was gone too. The hanging 'because' was gone too. The men were away and my heart already dead and the fairground monkey dead in my mouth. A spectre haunts a derelict nsa surveillance station on a hill in Berlin. Our posthumous... More Info

The World Doesn't End

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | July 28, 1989 | 74 pages
Words plus words relate the poet's reaction to anything; for example, his secret identity: the room is empty, and the window is open  More Info

In the Silhouette of Your Silences

October 15, 2014 | 102 pages
David Groulx’s latest book of poems is as smooth as a mirror, but as cutting and dazzling as shards of glass, reflecting back to us the collective voice of fractured lives. Weaving the ephemeral with the infinite, and the present with the past, he speaks with the strength and confidence of... More Info

Easy Fix

September 15, 2014 | 80 pages
Part rural conduit, part urban primer for the disenfranchised, Easy Fix explores cultural identity with both skepticism and compassion. It’s this symbiosis that distinguishes Blair Trewartha’s poetry, and leads him forward in “an entire world with its ducks in a row.” Although he eschews... More Info

Congotronic

September 27, 2014 | 104 pages
The second collection from Canadian poet and filmmaker Shane Book. At once original, strange, funny, and unnerving, Shane Book's Congotronic takes the reader into unstable territory, where multiple layers of voice, diction, and music collide. Some of these poems have the sparse directness of a kind... More Info

Last Supper

Arbeiter Ring Pub | August 25, 2014 | 96 pages
Next door to the chain stores are the cheap restaurants with chipped paint and handwritten signs which will never be featured in the Dining section of the Times. Alongside the renovated lofts are thousands of cramped apartments filled with books and cats, and actual studios where artists work with... More Info

Radio Weather

Signal Editions | September 1, 2014 | 64 pages
Radio Weather confronts the changeableness of life—how existence can switch gears with the speed of announced-for snow that turns abruptly to rain. Shoshanna Wingate’s first book runs the gauntlet of her various roles—mother, wife, daughter—in taut, unsentimental, immaculately constructed... More Info

Queen Rat

August 12, 2014 | 160 pages
Originally published in 1998, Lynn Crosbie brought her unique voice to the forefront of Canadian poetry with this important collection of verse. Hers is a world of Shakespeare, skinheads, and centurions; and hers is a life stripped to the basics and then reconstructed with relish, every brick... More Info

The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel

JHU Press | February 18, 2014 | 64 pages
The poems in The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel navigate the evanescent boundaries between the public and the private self. Daniel Anderson’s settings are often social but never fail to turn inward, drowning out the chatter of conversation to quietly observe the truths that we... More Info

The Albertine Workout

New Directions | July 28, 2015 | 64 pages
Anne Carson's take on Albertine, Marcel Proust's famous love interest  More Info
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Immigrant Songs

July 28, 2015 | 100 pages
Immigrant Songs is a posthumous collection of the works of Rosario D’Agostino. It includes poems, a story, a chapter of an unfinished novel, and letters. These fragments from a seminal Italo-Canadian writer whose life was cut too short are part of the literary history of the Canadian Immigrant.  More Info

The Seasons

Porcupines Quill | May 1, 2014 | 128 pages
A collection of tender love poems, The Seasons offers readers a glimpse into the many moments of beauty and promise between a lover and his beloved.  More Info

Madman at Kilifi

July 28, 2015 | 60 pages
Clifton Gachagua’s collection Madman at Kilifi, winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, concerns itself with the immediacy of cultures in flux, cybercommunication and the language of consumerism, polyglot politics and intrigue, sexual ambivalence and studied whimsy, and the... More Info

One Hundred Love Sonnets

January 15, 2014 | 240 pages
"The happiness I feel in offering these to you is vast as a savanna," Pablo Neruda wrote his adored wife, Matilde Urrutia de Neruda, in his dedication of One Hundred Love Sonnets. Set against the backdrop of his beloved Isla Negra, these joyfully sensual poems draw on the wind and tides, the white... More Info

The Prophet

Oneworld Publications Limited | July 28, 1998 | 112 pages
Poet, philosopher, and artist Kahlil Gibran is known and loved around the world for his spiritual poetry and mystical art, combined here in a special gift edition of his most popular work. A tale inspired largely by nature, The Prophet conveys the yearning for a unity of being that can only be... More Info

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