Category: Poetry


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 24, 2017 | 64 pages
Anne Carson's take on Albertine, Marcel Proust's famous love interest  More Info

Immigrant Songs

March 24, 2017 | 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 24, 2017 | 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 24, 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 24, 2017 | 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 24, 2017 | 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 24, 2017 | 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 24, 2017 | 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

Translations from Bark Beetle

March 24, 2017 | 96 pages
In this inspired new collection, acclaimed poet and translator Jody Gladding takes the physical, elemental world as her point of inquiry, examining how language arises from landscape, and deriving a lexicon for these poems from the rich offerings of the world around her. In some poems, Gladding... More Info

The Stag Head Spoke

Wolsak & Wynn Pub Limited | April 21, 2014 | 120 pages
Having taken over a decade to write, Erina Harris' first full-length work comprises two serial poems or "Books" within which individual poems stand on their own, and also refract amongst themselves, building, within each Book, its own careful language. Harris engages historic modes such as the... More Info

Dog Ear

Signal Editions | May 1, 2014 | 78 pages
Like the “page turned down to make another / page,” Dog Ear explores the marks we leave on a world whose social, political and personal markers are constantly shifting. In his fourth book of poems—and most focused work to date—Jim Johnstone establishes himself as an exquisite observer of... More Info

Sun Bear

March 28, 2014 | 112 pages
The fourth collection from the celebrated American poet and editor, Matthew Zapruder. Matthew Zapruder’s poems begin in the faint inkling, in the bloom of thought, and then unfold into wide-reaching meditations on what it means to live in the contemporary moment, among plastic, statistics, and... More Info

Directing Herbert White

March 28, 2014 | 88 pages
The debut poetry collection by the actor, director, and writer James Franco I’m a nocturnal creature, And I’m here to cheat time. You can see time and exhaustion Taking pay from my face— In fifty years My sleep will be death, I’ll go like the rest, But I’ll have played All the games and... More Info

The Quiet

March 28, 2014 | 104 pages
Anne-Marie Turza’s poignant debut collection is a vibrant, imaginative meditation on quiet — in unseen cities, in secret spaces, in forgotten rooms, in our everyday life. In these delicately vibrant poems, The Quiet illuminates the private, hushed, underlying moments that discreetly pervade the... More Info

The Digamma

January 1, 2014 | 64 pages
The Digamma is the latest book of poetry in prose by celebrated author Yves Bonnefoy, who is also the leading translator of Shakespeare in France. In this new collection, his fascination with the defining author of our language is amply reflected in ?God in Hamlet' and ?For a Staging of Othello',... More Info


February 1, 2014 | 124 pages
would you believe me when i make consorts of alphabet runaways & stayathomes i have rounded up where they wandered all over the page Dennis Cooley masterfully extends the genre of the abecedary to explore his curiosity of the limitlessness of human communication. With linguistic wit and... More Info

And Short the Season

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | March 24, 2017 | 112 pages
From the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, a stunning collection of poems that course with the rhythms of nature."  More Info


Bookthug | April 15, 2014 | 200 pages
Secession / Insecession is a homage to the acts of reading, writing and translating poetry. In it, Chus Pato's Galician biopoetics of poet and nation, Secession - translated by Erín Moure - joins Moure's Canadian translational biopoetics, Insecession. To Pato, the poem is an insurrection against... More Info

Satisfying Clicking Sound

Signal Editions | May 1, 2014 | 64 pages
Satisfying Clicking Sound is a book that’s never afraid to make a show of itself. Jason Guriel gives us a quick-thinking colloquial style able to segue deftly from deadpan wit to deep emotion. Like the hard-to-master knuckleball he celebrates as being “less spun / than blown / out onto the air,... More Info


April 8, 2014 | 88 pages
"Polari," from the Italian "polare" ("to talk") is a coded language, originating in the U.K. and dating as far back as the 16th century. Overheard in outdoor markets, the theatre, fairgrounds, and circuses, it was appropriated by gay men to provide them with cover as well as with a way to assert... More Info

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

April 1, 2014 | 336 pages
In this unique poetry anthology, 100 grown men - bestselling authors, poets laureate, actors, producers and other prominent figures from the arts, sciences and politics, share the poems that have moved them to tears.  More Info


McClelland & Stewart Limited | March 1, 2014 | 112 pages
Award-winning poet Adam Sol's fourth collection is a meditation on complicity. By turns intimate and lyrical, experimental and outlandish, the collection focuses on how we cannot escape the troubling structures that determine our lives. Sol addresses gender politics, the value of art, capitalism... More Info

Old Hat

March 1, 2014 | 96 pages
Old Hat is the third book of poetry and first collection of occasional poems by the author of the 2007 Globe 100 book, Muybridge's Horse: Governor General and Trillium Awards nominee, Rob Winger. Driven by an attempt to understand how to reorder common experience, the book's transitional sections -... More Info

She Draws the Rain

Thistledown PressLtd | March 15, 2013 | 76 pages
As an environmental activist and avid gardener Chambers has finely tuned her sensitivities to the magic and drama of nature. Her poetry uses this energy to describe the relationships that people have to the environment, to themselves and to each other. She Draws the Rain contains poems of both... More Info

SubUrban Legends

Freehand Books | April 1, 2009 | 88 pages
Joan Crate’s much-anticipated third book of poetry is equal parts revision and reverie, offering a mid-life view of childhood influences and expectations that is stirring, startling, and wise. Deliciously invoking the iconic figure of Snow White, subUrban Legends considers what lies beyond youth... More Info

Last Temptation of Bond (The)

University of Alberta | August 15, 2013 | 120 pages
Poet Kimmy Beach has succeeded where every Bond villain has failed: to kill 007.  More Info

The Tree of Meaning

Counterpoint | July 1, 2009 | 329 pages
“Poems, where I come from,” writes Robert Bringhurst, “are spoken to be written and written to be spoken.The Tree of Meaningis a book of critical prose composed in the same way.” Together, these thirteen lectures present a superbly grounded approach to the study of language, focusing on... More Info

Collected Poems

November 12, 2013 | 800 pages
Fifty years of poems and wry insight celebrating one of the most dynamic careers in twentieth century American poetry.  More Info


Harvard University Press | November 18, 2013 | 377 pages
Baghdad: The City in Verse captures the essence of life lived in one of the world's enduring metropolises. This unusual anthology offers original translations of 170 Arabic poems from Bedouin, Muslim, Christian, Kurdish, and Jewish poets--most for the first time in English--from Baghdad's founding... More Info

I Write These Words / J'cris Ces Mots

Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series | April 15, 2013 | 90 pages
I write these words / Jcris ces mots is a fascinating volume of poetry that examines the world of a woman born in Tunisia but living in Toronto, and womens universal struggle to find their place in the world. Poems explore the roles woman play in diverse societies and cultures and draw the reader... More Info

Global Poetry Anthology 2013

Signal Editions | November 15, 2013 | 88 pages
The Global Poetry Anthology is a one-of-a-kind collection of contemporary previously-unpublished poems gathered from all corners of the English speaking world. An international editorial board ensures the present volume's cosmopolitan palette, and the "blind" selection process guarantees that... More Info

Wild Rice Dreams

September 15, 2013 | 80 pages
“Wild Rice Dreams” is a collection of Aboriginal poetry that delves into the human experience from an Anishinaabe perspective. The book captures sensible cultural and emotional challenges, and ultimately shares subtle insight and compassion. The poems explore how intricate relationships between... More Info

Again for the First Time

Wordspace Press | March 24, 2017 | 88 pages
Originally published in 1984 to great acclaim, including being awarded the Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Prize, this stirring collection of poems pairs and often plays against the mythologies of the author’s mixed Greek and Mexican heritage. A strong work of feminism, the pieces blend... More Info

The Same As Yes

November 4, 2011 | 79 pages
The startling poems in this debut collection are both pretty and strange, clear and mysterious. All of the poems are conversations, of sorts: a dancer talks to the floorboards; a dressing gown talks to itself; an old man talks to the radio in his sleep; men and women talk, and talk without talking.... More Info