Category: Poetry

Polari

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

Complicity

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
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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

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

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

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

Baghdad

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 | August 17, 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

Fallout

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

Err

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

Post-Apothecary

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

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

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

Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me

October 8, 2013 | 144 pages
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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

Multitudes

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

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

Jailbreaks

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
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X

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

Ashland

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

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

Ocean

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

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

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
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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

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