Category: Poetry


September 15, 2011 | 81 pages
In this collection of poems, the author explores the themes of sickness, healing, isolation, and regeneration. The work was inspired, in part, by a visit to an abandoned TB sanitarium in Saskatchewan, the author's home province. "'Place'sets tone and atmosphere, generates image, and carries its own... More Info


Hagios Pr | April 30, 2010 | 86 pages
Fallout embraces the darkness of the 20th century in poems that inhabit both the fear and wonder of that time. On the surface Fallout appears to be about the legacy of the nuclear age yet Ridley writes with a subversive humour that counters the fierceness of her subject.  More Info


Blewointment Press | March 1, 2011 | 95 pages
X, passing the Ancient Mariner on his new SeaDoo, like pirate flix with cheap FX, no kraken exploded from no Styx. Extras wandered the ship, eyes X-ed out like the dead in comix. All in all, our luck was mixed.  More Info

The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

Waverley Books Limited | September 1, 2012 | 480 pages
Collects the poems and songs of the famed Scottish author.  More Info

Dante's House

Signal Editions | October 1, 2013 | 68 pages
Richard Greene’s first collection since winning the 2010 Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, take as their subject the rumors, misunderstandings and half-truths that often comprise our knowledge of others. With an astonishing gift for capturing states of feeling, Greene’s new poems movingly... More Info

Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me

October 8, 2013 | 144 pages
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How to Be Alone

Harper | October 22, 2013 | 128 pages
How to Be Alone by Tanya Davis has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.  More Info

A Pretty Sight

Coach House | October 15, 2013 | 96 pages
David O'Meara finds defiance amid decay and oblivion, with guest appearances from Sid Vicious, Socrates and Sophie Scholl.  More Info

Enjoy It While It Hurts

Wolsak & Wynn Pub Limited | September 8, 2013 |
Enjoy It While It Hurts's an edifying miscellany of quarrelsome quips, holiday oddities, benevolent advice, curious thoughts and comically apocalyptic melancholia. This'elightful collection of light verse and nonsense poetry written and illustrated by the award-winning, multitalented JonArno Lawson... More Info

Slack Action

Porcupine's Quill | September 15, 2013 | 96 pages
?Slack action? describes the movement of boxcars in the midst of a train that brakes and then accelerates, where ?reciprocal momentums ... meet and intermingle, the forward push / backing into slows, and the slows pulling off / pulling forward ahead of their kickbacks and jostles ...? – where... More Info

Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway

Biblioasis | September 10, 2013 | 64 pages
If Robert Browning had boobs, the result might be these ticklishly rhythmic and roundly recitable poems.  More Info

The the Counting House

Bookthug | October 1, 2013 | 96 pages
Akin to a bookkeeper’s accounting of what’s given and taken in a fraught, uncertain exchange, The Counting House goes on to record the pageantry and pedantry of courtly affection gone awry. Symbols and origins of traditional rhymes involving kings and queens serve as inventory, alongside... More Info

The Place of Scraps

Talonbooks Limited | September 10, 2013 | 288 pages
A conceptual poetry book that plays with the idea of historical First Nations' representation through visual and erasure poems.  More Info


Coach House Books | November 12, 2013 | 120 pages
"Alphabetic dismantling, syntactic play, essaying words backwards and 4words (as she might say), Christakos manifests forensic clarity and telegraphic fortitude in this unsettling work."?Rachel Blau DuPlessis Margaret Christakos's eighth collection, Multitudes, is a moving, witty foray into a... More Info

Holy Heathen Rhapsody

Penguin Paperbacks | September 24, 2013 | 112 pages
New work from an award-winning poet who ?writes transporting poems of discovery, contemplation, and gratitude” (Booklist) Pattiann Rogers has won acclaim as one of the most original voices in contemporary American poetry. The poems in her new collection, Holy Heathen Rhapsody, embrace and embody... More Info

New Collected Poems

Counterpoint | April 9, 2013 | 352 pages
This collection of two hundred poems from the T.S. Eliot Award-winning poet features an overview of his career, including works from Collected Poems as well as Entries, Given and Leavings.  More Info

Needs Improvement

Coach House | October 15, 2013 | 84 pages
The irreverent poetry of report cards, lesson plans, city mottos, invigilation guides, and, of course, Michel Foucault ?  More Info

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

September 10, 2013 | 184 pages
Alice Walker sums up the premise and purpose for this year of poems in her Preface: “I was born into a family of eight siblings. I am the youngest. Five of us have died. I share losses, health concerns, and other challenges common to the human condition, especially in these times of war, poverty,... More Info


Biblioasis | April 11, 2008 | 158 pages
A collection of 99 Canadian sonnets from the 19th Century to the present.  More Info

In the Dog House

Talonbooks Limited | June 4, 2013 | 80 pages
Emotive, yet wryly unsentimental poems give voice to the many forms of suffering Aboriginal people have endured.  More Info

To the Barricades

Talonbooks Limited | April 16, 2013 | 160 pages
A poetic record of revolution that traces the lines from nineteenth-century Parisian street barricades to twenty-first-century occupations and street marches.  More Info


Blewointmentpress | June 7, 2013 | 126 pages
Heed this warning. In X, Rhodes takes poetry from the comfortable land of the expected to places it has seldom been. Often using  More Info

Love, and All That Jazz

The Porcupine's Quill | June 1, 2013 | 240 pages
At the end of Lewis' previous memoir, the bitterly and beautifully honest Little Comrades, she left her young self newly married in New York City in the year 1952. But at that point, everything is about to change. Downstairs from Laurie and Sol lives Gary, and it soon becomes clear that she and her... More Info

Alden Nowlan Selected Poems

House of Anansi Press | August 3, 2013 | 174 pages
The best of beloved poet Alden Nowlan's explicitly honest, direct, and insightful poetry. Now featuring an introduction by Susan Musgrave Alden Nowlan, one of Canada's finest and most influential poets, died in 1983. He leaves a rich legacy of poetry that is accessible yet profound, and that speaks... More Info

It's hard being queen

FreeHand Books | July 30, 2008 | 91 pages
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Family System

Center for Literary Pub | November 15, 2012 | 57 pages
"Family System is one of the most specific and clarifying books of poetry I've ever read. It is filled with choices--made, to be made, not made--handled with a poetic understanding that what seems arbitrary will be inevitable when said with the right words while singing the right songs. This is a... More Info

The World Will Follow Joy

April 2, 2013 | 192 pages
In this luminous collection of poems, Walker casts her eye on history, politics, and nature, as well as world figures. In tributes to such people as Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, and the Dalai Lama, she reminds us of the urgency of our times and of our human capacity to come together and take... More Info


ECW Press | April 1, 2011 | 100 pages
Neogothicism, the surrealist snapshot, feminist Western and post-modern parable are just some of the elements that feed Gil Adamson's second collection of poems. Adamson creates a world fully awash in violence and history, the absurdities of the frontier and the gorgeous terrors of death.... More Info

Lazy Bastardism

September 30, 2012 | 263 pages
‘If grown-ups don’t read poetry’, writes poet and critic Carmine Starnino, ‘it’s not because they have a bone to pick with poets. The truth is even more intolerable: they prefer not to. . . They’re just not that into us.’ In his latest collection of critical essays, Starnino reports... More Info

Brilliant Falls

April 30, 2013 | 62 pages
John Terpstra has always had a penchant for juxtaposition, for the fault lines where two seemingly opposing truths rub together and make a sort of music. Brilliant Falls, Terpstra’s latest poetry collection, often locates these juxtapositions in the transitions of family life. In one poem, a... More Info


April 30, 2013 | 56 pages
The ocean has never had a biographer quite like Sue Goyette. Living in the port city of Halifax, Goyette’s days are bounded by the substantial fact of the North Atlantic, both by its physical presence and by its metaphoric connotations. And like many of life’s overwhelming facts, our awareness... More Info

The Deer Yard

April 30, 2013 | 64 pages
In the winter of 2009, Harry Thurston travelled to Campbell River on Vancouver Island to serve a term as writer-in-residence in the former home of the renowned fisherman and environmentalist Roderick Haig-Brown. While there, he and his longtime friend Allan Cooper embarked on a poetic... More Info

Imagine Mercy

April 1, 2013 | 96 pages
“Imagine Mercy” is a vibrant poetry collection portraying the daily realities of living as an Aboriginal in Canada. David Groulx seamlessly weaves the spiritual with the ordinary and the present with the past. He speaks for the strength and courage of Aboriginal people, compelling readers to... More Info

Rosa Rose

Wolsak and Wynn | June 8, 2013 | 50 pages
From Terry Fox to Ghandi, Rosa Parks to Elijah Harper, Robert Priest has collected some of his most inspiring poems together in this book for young people. Priest, an award-winning poet and musician, has written these thought-provoking poems to introduce children to men and women across the planet... More Info

The Griffin Poetry Prize 2013 Anthology: A Selection of the Shortlist

House of Anansi Press | June 11, 2013 | 128 pages
The highly anticipated annual anthology of the best Canadian and international poetry. Each year, the best books of poetry published in English internationally and in Canada are honoured with the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's most prestigious and richest literary awards. Since 2001 this... More Info

Water Damage

April 1, 2013 | 100 pages
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For Display Purposes Only

Coach House | May 14, 2013 | 72 pages
Poems that borrow from the lexicon of filmmaking to let us find some solace in our facades.  More Info

Stalin's Carnival

May 15, 2013 | 96 pages
In Stalin’s Carnival, Heighton explores the transformation of Josef Stalin from romantic and political poet to notorious dictator with chilling results. In this finely-crafted collection, the resilient lyrical voice is presented as a means of survival in a time of violence. Heighton recreates a... More Info

The Small Nouns Crying Faith

Bookthug | May 1, 2013 | 112 pages
The first word in this new collection by Phil Hall is "verb" and the last word is "blurtip." Between these, many nouns cry out their faith within a hookless frameworkthat sings in chorus while undermining such standard forms & tropes as "the memoir," "genealogy" and "the shepherd's calendar."... More Info

Escape Velocity

Goose Lane Editions | May 21, 2013 | 88 pages
Carmelita McGrath?s Escape Velocity ? the long awaited follow-up to her Atlantic Poetry Prize-winning collection To the New World ? culls overlooked fragments from our domestic lives and ferries them on unpredictable journeys. A conversation with a telemarketer becomes a monologue on overcoming... More Info

The House Is Still Standing

April 23, 2013 | 88 pages
The House is Still Standing is peopled with charlatans, gingerbread men, children, and savants ? the thousands and the particular. Adrienne Barrett builds this nimble first collection with a supple craft. The poems deke and swerve, from the wry to the theatrical to the intimate. Whether riffing on... More Info

The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry

Breakwater Books Limited | April 1, 2013 | 218 pages
Gathering the strongest poetry published by Newfoundlanders since the death of E.J. Pratt in 1964, The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry features selections from twelve of the province's most impressive poets, including Al Pittman, Tom Dawe, Mary Dalton, John Steffler, Patrick... More Info

No Angel

Pedlar Press | May 15, 2013 | 90 pages
A old woman buys a broken-down heritage house in Prince Edward County, Ontario without possessing any knowledge about old house care and repair. Her neighbour Elmer watches anxiously as she fails slowly, repeatedly, at her new labours, until at last he steps across the divide to lend her a hand.... More Info


Signal Editions | September 1, 2013 | 72 pages
The poet's fifth collection is a series of centos that, on one level, draw inspiration from a traditional Newfoundland craft. Like a hooked rug made up of strips of fabric cut from old clothes, the cento is stitched together from lines scissored out of other poems. Dalton's cento variants however... More Info

The Civic-Mindedness of Trees

Wolsak and Wynn | April 8, 2013 | 90 pages
In The Civic-mindedness of Trees, award-winning poet Ken Howe updates the vocation of the "nature poet" for the 21st Century. These poems are witty and philosophical meditations on the haunting presence of the natural world, and on the familiar presence of humanity within it. In this book, odes to... More Info

Arguments With the Lake

Wolsak and Wynn | April 8, 2013 | 96 pages
In 1954, at the age of sixteen, Marilyn Bell became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. It brought her fame and adulation; her life seemed charmed. Enter Shirley Campbell, another young swimmer whose accomplishments were poised to rival Bell?, but in falling short in her own attempts to... More Info

The April Poems

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Selected Poems

March 15, 2013 | 176 pages
With Selected Poems, Tim Bowling has gathered together his finest poems over a twenty-year period, a selection including work from his widely celebrated debut collection, Low Water Slack, in 1995, to his tenth collection, Tenderman, in 2011. Always a poet of intense emotion and surprising metaphor... More Info

Letter from Brooklyn

E C W Press | April 1, 2013 | 96 pages
Having lived part time in Brooklyn for the past several years, Jacob Scheier's new poems are solidly rooted in Jewish New York life and examine love, loss, history, identity, protest, and popular culture. At the heart of Letter from Brooklyn is the notion that we understand who we are by where we... More Info


University of Chicago Press | March 13, 2013 | 201 pages
Long anticipated, Recalculating is Charles Bernstein’s first full-length collection of new poems in seven years. As a result of this lengthy time under construction, the scope, scale, and stylistic variation of the poems far surpasses Bernstein’s previous work. Together, the poems of... More Info