Category: Poetry


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


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


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

March 31, 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

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


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


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

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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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


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 | March 31, 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


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 | March 31, 2015 | 64 pages
Anne Carson's take on Albertine, Marcel Proust's famous love interest  More Info

Immigrant Songs

March 31, 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

March 31, 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 | March 31, 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

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

Penguin Group USA | May 27, 2014 | 80 pages
A breathtaking new collection from one of today’s boldest and most adventurous poets Colloquial and incantatory, the poems in Patricia Lockwood’s second collection address the most urgent questions of our time, like: what if a deer did porn? Is America going down on Canada? What happens when... More Info


April 1, 2014 | 80 pages
Opening doors, dreaming awake, tracing networks of music and meaning, Marlatt’s poetry stands out as an essential engagement with what matters to anyone writing with a social-environmental conscience. Rivering includes poems inspired by the village of Steveston where, before the war, a... More Info

The World Will Follow Joy

April 1, 2014 | 208 pages
This collection of poetry from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple features verse that pays tribute to Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem and the Dalai Lama and also deals with anger, forgiveness and wisdom. 17,500 first printing.  More Info

Fierce Departures

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | February 12, 2009 | 40 pages
These selections, drawn from work between 1990 and 2006, delineate with searing eloquence, how history marks and dislocates peoples of African Diaspora, how nations, concretely and conceptually, fail to create safe haven, and how nevertheless human desire persists.  More Info

Speaking of power

Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr | March 31, 2015 | 56 pages
Speaking of Power: The Poetry of Di Brandtintroduces the reader to the lyric power and political urgency of the poetry of Di Brandt, providing an overview of her poetry written during a prolific and revolutionary twenty-year period. Beginning with her early poetic inquiries into the dynamics of... More Info

The more easily kept illusions

Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr | March 31, 2015 | 80 pages
Much-loved, cantankerous, and brilliant, Al Purdy galloped across the Canadian literary landscape for decades, grandly embodying the self-taught and hard-living image of the 1960s and '70s poet. The More Easily Kept Illusions: The Poetry of Al Purdyis a selection of thirty-five poems that includes... More Info

The Promise of Hope

March 31, 2015 | 297 pages
Kofi Awoonor, one of Ghana’s most accomplished poets, had for almost half a century committed himself to teaching, political engagement, and the literary arts. The one constant that guided and shaped his many occupations and roles in life was poetry. The Promise of Hope is a beautifully edited... More Info


House of Anansi | March 31, 2015 | 100 pages
A second volume of poetic works by an award-winning writer from Toronto expands the repertoire of her earlier collection to consider topics that are not traditionally explored in poetry. By the author of Short Haul Engine. Original.  More Info

Everyone Is Co2

Wolsak & Wynn Pub Limited | April 21, 2014 | 120 pages
David James Brock writes poem to entertain the contemporary pop-cultural intellectual. His subject matter is wide ranging, addressing the things that influence our private mythologies, from television to space exploration, from heavy metal to the epic of Gilgamesh. What distinguishes his work is... More Info

The Essential Earle Birney

The Porcupine's Quill | April 17, 2014 | 64 pages
Over the course of a career spanning five decades, Canadian poet, novelist and playwright Earle Birney produced some of Canada’s best-known poems. The Essential Earle Birney contains a selection of his pivotal works, including early break-out successes; nuanced, mid-career lyrics; avant-garde... More Info

Nay Rather

February 15, 2014 | 40 pages
This cahier unites two texts by celebrated Canadian poet Anne Carson, encouraging readers to experience them alongside and illuminating each other. 'Variations on the Right to Remain Silent' is an essay on the stakes involved when translation happens, ranging from Homer through Joan of Arc to Paul... More Info

Morning in Serra Mattu

McSweeneys Books | April 15, 2014 | 150 pages
A mosaic of interrelated stories exploding with personality, myth, and geohistorical weight, Morning in Serra Mattu is a profound, joyful meditation on life in modern Sudan. Arif Gamal seamlessly blends large-scale political realities with the local and the traditional: “old villages/whose... More Info

The Poetic Species

March 18, 2014 | 112 pages
A meeting of great minds at the intersection of the arts and sciences  More Info