Category: Poetry


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Our land, Our People

Samnakphim Baiphō | January 1, 2018 | 255 pages
The story of Laos and her people, the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world. This is their story in poems.  More Info

Chronicles: Early Works

Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr | November 1, 2011 | 162 pages
One of Canada's most distinguished poets, Dionne Brand explores and chronicles how history shapes human existence, in particular the lives of those ruptured and scattered by New World slaveries and modern crises. This republication of three early volumes presents a view of the trajectory of her... More Info

The Cinnamon Peeler

McClelland & Stewart, [1992] | November 7, 1992 | 208 pages
Michael Ondaatje's new selected poems, The Cinnamon Peeler, brings together poems written between 1963 and 1990, including work from his most recent collection, Secular Love. These poems bear witness to the extraordinary gifts that have won high praise for this truly original poet and novelist.  More Info


April 27, 2017 | 112 pages
A charm can protect, inflict or influence. Charm, the second collection by poet Christine McNair, considers the craftwork of conception from a variety of viewpoints--from pregnancy and motherhood, to how an orchid is pollinated, to overcoming abusive family relationships, to the manual artistry of... More Info

No Work Finished Here

September 29, 2015 | 480 pages
When Andy Warhol's a, A Novel was first published in 1968, The New York Times Book Review declared it "pornographic." Yet over four decades later, a continues to be an essential documentation of Warhol's seminal Factory scene. And though the book offers a pop art snapshot of 1960s Manhattan that... More Info

Common Place

May 16, 2017 | 112 pages
What grows, survives, and thrives in urban landscapes and bodies challenged by systems of capital and power?  More Info

The Fabric of Day

Thistledown Press | April 15, 2017 | 160 pages
Throughout the years, Anne Campbell's work has remained consistently engaging, her tone steady and trustworthy and her control of imagery precise. There are subtle changes in her presentation of the natural world and slight shifts in the metaphysical approach to space, time, and possibility. But in... More Info

What the Soul Doesn't Want

Freehand Books | May 15, 2017 | 98 pages
In her newest collection, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. At the same time, she revels in the quirkiness and whimsy of the natural world: the vision of a fly,... More Info

I Have to Live

March 28, 2017 | 160 pages
A new collection ablaze with urgency and radiant inquiry from a 2015 finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry I have to live exists in the conceptual overlap between the "I" that is not confessional but turned out to the world and the desire for a "living privacy" that refuses the violence... More Info

Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately

April 11, 2017 | 208 pages
A poet, journalist, and activist, Alicia Cook offers a soundtrack of survival. Structured like an old-school mix-tape, Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately is Alicia Cook's lyric message to anyone who has dealt with addiction. "Side A" touches on all aspects of the human condition: life, death, love,... More Info

Xiphoid Process

April 8, 2017 | 120 pages
Nine years (ahem...) in the making, award-winning Kevin Connolly’s new collection extends its author’s investigation of identity, authority, intention, and authenticity. What is a public poetry? In an age of tweets and trolls, what should it even try to be? Through revision, redaction,... More Info

The Dennis Lee Omnibus

April 8, 2017 | 352 pages
This book is an exhilarating revelation. No other poet in Canada has the depth and range of Dennis Lee. Jazzman, jester, and metaphysician, hardball political thinker and passionate lover, he has been publishing poems for fifty years, working across the spectrum from nursery rhymes and skipping... More Info

The Corpses of the Future

April 8, 2017 | 144 pages
The Corpses of the Future is a sustained, confessional new collection of poems by Lynn Crosbie. It tells the story of her father's battle with frontotemporal dementia and blindness, following a stroke. The poems chronologically recount the poet's conversations and time with her father, and capture... More Info

Cloud Physics

March 25, 2017 | 64 pages
In Cloud Physics, her third collection, Karen Enns ranges over endings of many kinds: cultural, ecological, and personal. But the poems are also replete with affirmations of love, of music and language, and of our rootedness in place and history. Enns describes our predicament with startling and... More Info

Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar

March 28, 2017 | 112 pages
A captivating and poignant new collection of poetry from Griffin Poetry Prize winner Roo Borson that probes some of our most important questions. After Roo Borson's two previous collections -- Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida and Rain; road; an open boat -- set the seasons in motion, focusing... More Info

Admission Requirements

March 28, 2017 | 96 pages
A debut collection from a startling new voice in Canadian poetry. The poems of Admission Requirements attempt to discover what is required of us when we cut across our material and psychic geographies. Simultaneously full and empty of its origins, the self is continually taxed of any certainties... More Info

Thing Is

March 28, 2017 | 96 pages
A startling and hip new collection of poetry from a dual American/Canadian citizen who's already making waves on the literary scene. Suzannah Showler's bracing, intense second collection is equal parts cultural critique and phenomenological investigation. Building on the enlightened skepticism of... More Info


February 1, 2017 | 88 pages
Human Misunderstanding is the latest work by award-winning poet Kathy Mac. The first of the book s three long poems compares a fictional child soldier (a hero) with a real child soldier (a victim). The second juxtaposes eighteenth century philosophy with one person s search for another in downtown... More Info

Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals

Fence Books | March 15, 2016 | 96 pages
The daily, the locale, the un-exceptionalized; love of dog, wife, self-improvement, and keen sight keeping steady pace with notation's distancing.  More Info

Stressed, Unstressed

William Collins | December 29, 2016 | 224 pages
In this little book is one of the oldest of all remedies for stress: the reading of poetry. Intended to help you endure some of your stressful moments and painful experiences, these poems tell us we are not alone. Returned again and again over the centuries by great imaginations are love and death... More Info

Poems in the Manner Of

Scribner | March 7, 2017 | 160 pages
Poems in the Manner Of is an illuminating journey through centuries of writers who continue to influence new work today, including that of respected poet and series editor of The Best American Poetry David Lehman. “Very few writers can actually shape how you see the world. David Lehman is such a... More Info

Poems That Make Grown Women Cry

Simon & Schuster | March 7, 2017 | 352 pages
The internationally bestselling collection of poetry so powerful that it has moved readers to tears. “Anthony and Ben Holden remind us that you don’t have to be an academic or a postgraduate in creative writing to be moved by verse” (The Wall Street Journal). One hundred women—distinguished... More Info

Wait Till I'm Dead

Grove Press | February 14, 2017 | 272 pages
Allen Ginsberg s poems, from Howl to Kaddish to The Fall of America, have influenced generations of writers and made him a defining figure of the twentieth century. Ginsberg s "Collected Poems," first published in 1984, and expanded in 1997, was originally thought to contain all of his poetic work.... More Info

Shaler's Fish

Grove Press | February 14, 2017 | 96 pages
Before Helen Macdonald rose to international acclaim with her "beautiful and nearly feral" ("New York Times") bestselling memoir "H Is for Hawk," she wrote a collection of poetry, "Shaler's Fish." In robust, lyrical verse, "Shaler's Fish" roams both the outer and inner landscapes of the poet's... More Info

Talking to the Diaspora

Arbeiter Ring | October 18, 2015 | 128 pages
In a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Lee Maracle has earned the reputation as one of Canada's most ardent and celebrated writers. Talking to the Diaspora, Maracle's second book of poetry, is at once personal and profound. From the revolutionary "Where Is that Odd... More Info

Even This Page Is White

May 1, 2016 | 72 pages
A poetry book by the author of "God Loves Hair" a bold and timely interrogation of skin.  More Info


May 1, 2016 | 160 pages
The poems in Gold glitter. From the lush, unrestrained and unabashed tumble and thrust of his sensual lyrics (vivid expressions of love and lust which brook no admonishment) to the measured and stately resonance of his eulogies for community organizers, tributes to leaders and laureates, and... More Info

Islamic Mystical Poetry

Penguin UK | October 29, 2009 | 336 pages
'When the sun of your face shone, The atoms of the two worlds came to life' Written from the ninth to the twentieth century, these poems represent the peak of Islamic Mystical writing, from Rabia Basri to Mian Mohammad Baksh.  More Info

The Noise of the Rain

October 4, 2016 | 160 pages
Praise for Sarah Plimpton “As quiet as a moment just before sleep, Sarah Plimpton’s poems are like preludes to dreams. The ‘everyday’ happens daily, but it is also rare and precious in Ms. Plimpton’s transparent telling.” —John Ashbery “Burnished and elemental, Sarah Plimpton’s... More Info

Witness, I Am

October 1, 2016 | 96 pages
Witness, I Am is divided into three gripping sections of new poetry from one of Canada's most recognized poets. The first part of the book, "Dangerous Sound," contains contemporary themed poems about identity and belonging, undone and rendered into modern sound poetry. "Muskrat Woman," the middle... More Info


October 1, 2016 | 96 pages
Digsite draws on Nicholson's experience working in the Alberta oil sands and arboreal forest, taking an archaeological lens to its subject, and in this way, reimagines tens of thousands of years of human existence. These poems grow from a schism between the current place of living and the ones in... More Info

If I Were in a Cage I'd Reach Out for You

October 1, 2016 | 96 pages
If I Were In A Cage I'd Reach Out For You is a collection that travels through both time and place, liminally occupying the chasm between Canadiana and Americana mythologies. These poems dwell in surreal pockets of the everyday warped landscapes of modern cities and flood into the murky basin of... More Info


Les Pages Noire | July 23, 2013 | 103 pages
The largest ever civil disobedience movement in Canadian history rocked Quebec in 2012 when hundreds of thousands of post-secondary students staged a province-wide strike against increased tuition fees. Quebec's "Printemps Erable" (Maple Spring) then morphed into a massive social uprising that... More Info

Only the Road / Solo El Camino

October 14, 2016 | 528 pages
Covering eight decades and featuring the work of over fifty poets from diverse backgrounds born between 1902 and 1981, "Only the Road / Solo el Camino" is the most complete bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry available to an English readership.  More Info

Whiskey Words and a Shovel II

June 7, 2016 | 176 pages
Real and raw, the voice of R. H. Sin delivers gritty, impassioned truths on matters of loving, living, and leaving in his second book of poetry. Sin's first book is a bestseller and continues to delight his one million followers. R.H. Sin's second volume continues the passion and vigor of his... More Info

Calling Down the Sky

October 15, 2015 | 96 pages
"Calling Down the Sky" is a poetry collection that describes deep personal experiences and post generational effects of the Canadian Aboriginal Residential School confinements in the 1950's when thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools against their... More Info


November 5, 2015 | 128 pages
A beautiful edition of Angela Carter's previously uncollected poetry.  More Info

Black Butterfly

October 11, 2016 | 272 pages
The Black Butterfly is a symbol of transformation and rebirth after death. Drake wrote this book for those who have lost someone in death and in life. This book is a collection of memories and experiences Drake lived after the death of one of his brothers. He promised he would write him a few words... More Info

Beautiful and Damned

October 11, 2016 | 416 pages
A man encounters God in a bar; a family is saved by a time traveler in the middle of the night; a journey into the mind of a severely autistic man; a woman finds herself one night out in the city, and more. "Beautiful and Damned" is a haunting and captivating collection, and proof that Robert M.... More Info

A Brilliant Madness

October 11, 2016 | 304 pages
What has happened to us? Where did all the love go? In "A Brilliant Madness," poet and social criticRobert M. Drake addresses these and other pressing questions for the 21st century. These poems, taken from the lastdecade of Drake's work, trace the devolution of a society gone brilliantly mad."  More Info

Commotion of the Birds

Ecco | November 1, 2016 | 112 pages
A crackling, moving new collection from one of America’s greatest living poets. In over twenty-six original books, the poems of John Ashbery have long served as signposts guiding us through the delights, woes, hypocrisies, and uncertainties of living in the modern world. With language harvested... More Info

Ibw Carol Ann Duffy Collection

Pan MacMillan | September 8, 2016 | 64 pages
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Exile Editions | April 1, 2014 | 79 pages
From Toronto’s poet laureate (2012–15) comes a new book that is a tour de force in confessional verse. This autobiographical sequence in 980 lines contains 70 stanzas of “skeletal sonnets” composed, astonishingly, in one day and one evening. Traverse is a web of intersecting, crisscrossing... More Info

Inuit Poems and Songs

International Polar Institute | August 10, 2016 | 128 pages
Having devoted his life to study of the Eskimos, their language, spiritual life and religion, Thalbitzer found in their values his own mission to search for and preserve theirs  More Info


Wesleyan | August 2, 2016 | 252 pages
New and selected poetry from Pulitzer prize-winning author Rae Armantrout  More Info

I Must Be Living Twice

Ecco | September 13, 2016 | 224 pages
A collection of thrilling verse, including both new poems and beloved favorites, from the celebrated poet, modern cult icon, and author of Chelsea Girls. Eileen Myles’ work is known for its blend of reality and fiction, the sublime and the ephemeral. Her work opens readers to astonishing new... More Info

Save Twilight

August 9, 2016 | 224 pages
Newly expanded edition of a classic: the first and only collection of Cortazar s poetry to appear in English."  More Info

Coke Machine Glow

Vintage | August 19, 2019 | 94 pages
Gordon Downie, lead singer and lyricist for the popular Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, will release his first solo record, Coke Machine Glow in Spring 2001. Simultaneously, Vintage Canada is delighted to publish Downie's first book of poetry, under the same title. It will also contain the... More Info

Aimless Love

Random House Trade Paperbacks | October 21, 2014 | 261 pages
A two-time U.S. Poet Laureate presents a volume of more than 50 new poems accompanying a generous gathering from his collections of the past decade to lend insight into his overall poetic achievements and his use of playful, ironic and melodic language.  More Info