Category: Poetry



House of Anansi Press | April 9, 2013 | 88 pages
Sara Peters' visionary debut collection is a book about obsessions — about desire, violence, sex, beauty, and cruelty, about how they lace through our days, leaving us changed. In these startling poems of mystery and terror, we meet remarkable characters enduring unspeakable things, confronting... More Info

Senegal Taxi

March 21, 2013 | 128 pages
“I wish I could find the words to tell you the story of our village after you were killed.” So begins Senegal Taxi, the new work by one of contemporary poetry’s most vibrant voices, Juan Felipe Herrera. Known for his activism and writings that bring attention to oppression and injustice,... More Info

Ink on Paper

March 15, 2013 | 96 pages
Brad Cran's highly anticipated second book of poetry, Ink on Paper, is a compelling collection of political poems that seek to elucidate our relationships with our surroundings as well as those who surround us. Cran, former Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver, masterfully constructs images held... More Info


April 16, 2013 | 80 pages
A young soldier dons Napoleon's hat. An out-of-work man wanders Berlin, dreaming he is Peter the Great. The famous exile Dante finally returns to his native city to “hang his crown of laurels up.” Familial and historical apparitions haunt this dazzling collection of poems by Will Schutt, the... More Info

Under the Keel

House of Anansi Press | April 9, 2013 | 96 pages
Michael Crummey's first collection in a decade has something for everyone: Love and marriage and airport grief; how not to get laid in a Newfoundland mining town; total immersion baptism; the grand machinery of decay; migrant music and invisible crowns and mortifying engagements with babysitters;... More Info

Please, No More Poetry

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2013 | 80 pages
Since the beginning of his poetic career in the 1990s, derek beaulieu has created works that have challenged readers to understand in new ways the possibilities of poetry. With nine books currently to his credit, and many works appearing in chapbooks, broadsides, and magazines, beaulieu continues... More Info

Love Poems

New Directions | January 1, 2008 | 90 pages
A lavishly designed, bilingual gift edition of the Nobel Prize-winning poet's romantic works is comprised of pieces mostly written on the island of Capri, where he found inspiration in its idyllic landscapes and his relationship with Matilde Urrutia. Original.  More Info

The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012

Tightrope Books | October 1, 2012 | 200 pages
Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, the 50 poems in this collection are culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals. The handpicked selections include the best, and most current, representations of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene. This distinguished volume... More Info

My Life in Pictures

Now or Never Publishing Company | April 15, 2013 | 181 pages
The prose poems of My Life in Pictures are about the life and times of Canadian poet and novelist, Christian McPherson. He runs his own narrative through a film projector and what illuminates onto the page is a poignant coming of age story, along with the harrowing trails of dealing with a mentally... More Info

Here Is Where We Disembark

Freehand Books | September 1, 2010 | 104 pages
With her remarkable debut collection, Yukon poet Clea Roberts proffers a perceptive & ecological reading of the Canadian North’s past & present.Roberts deftly draws out the moments that comprise a cycle of seasons, paying as much attention to the natural—the winter moon’s second-hand... More Info


Freehand Books | April 1, 2012 | 120 pages
These are not love poems. These are almost-love poems. Jittery, plaintive, and fresh, Personals is voiced through a startling variety of speakers who continually rev themselves up to the challenge of connecting with others, often to no avail. Williams writes in traditional poetic forms: ghazals, a... More Info

Tonight No Poetry Will Serve

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | July 23, 2012 | 80 pages
Relationships--partings/reconciliations, solidarities/ruptures, trust/betrayal, exposure/withdrawal--are the deep fabric of this forceful collection by renowned poet Rich.  More Info

Stranger Music

McClelland & Stewart | August 13, 1994 | 432 pages
Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs celebrates the astonishing career of Leonard Cohen, revered around the world as one of the great visionaries, writers, performers, and most consistently daring songwriters. Cohen’s career began in 1956 with the publication of Let Us Compare Mythologies,... More Info

Ceiling of Sticks

Bison Books | September 1, 2010 | 64 pages
Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, Shane Book’s collection,Ceiling of Sticks, is a powerful and unflinching sort of documentary poetics. It bears elegiac witness to the effects of global politics on individual lives. Book’s poems carry us to Uganda, Ghana, Mali, Trinidad, and... More Info

The Poems of Octavio Paz

New Directions | October 23, 2012 | 592 pages
In 1990, the Swedish Academy awarded Octavio Paz the Nobel Prize in Literature “for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.” Paz is “a writer for the entire world to celebrate” (Chicago Tribune), “the poet-archer who goes... More Info

Time of Useful Consciousness

New Directions | October 24, 2012 | 96 pages
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's first book since Poetry as Insurgent Art, a new call to action and a vivid picture of civilization moving towards its brink New Directions is proud to announce a riveting and galvanizing new book by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. At ninety-three, he shows more power than most any... More Info

Words of Protest, Words of Freedom

Duke University Press Books | February 6, 2012 | 344 pages
Poetry is an ideal artistic medium for expressing the fear, sorrow, and triumph of revolutionary times. Words of Protest, Words of Freedomis the first comprehensive collection of poems written during and in response to the American Civil Rights struggle of 19551975.  More Info

Questions in Bed

September 28, 2012 | 80 pages
Incisive and intensely felt, Stewart Cole?s striking debut collection reminds us that we too live in an age of anxiety, disoriented by doubt, up late and compelled to confront the unanswerable. Sirens draw us to the inevitable fact of human suffering, black-winged redbirds perch aloof above our... More Info

The Gargoyle Ears

Black Moss Pr | September 15, 2007 | 166 pages
"The Gargoyle 's Left Ear" presents a unique blend of vignettes, reminiscence, and poetry. What makes a writer? This genial and engaging narrative offers a rare chance to look inside a poet 's mind as she writes, mouth full / of roar.  More Info

They shall run

Third World Pr | August 1, 2004 | 55 pages
Offers a collection of poems celebrating Harriet Tubman and her dedicated efforts to lead her fellow slaves to freedom.  More Info

Howl & Other Poems

City Lights Publishers | June 1, 1956 | 57 pages
The epigraph for Howl is from Walt Whitman: "Unscrew the locks from the doors!/Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!" Announcing his intentions with this ringing motto, Allen Ginsberg published a volume of poetry which broke so many social taboos that copies were impounded as obscene, and... More Info

Fear not

September 1, 2008 | 82 pages
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The Griffin poetry prize anthology

House of Anansi Pr | August 5, 2005 | 93 pages
Selections from the Griffin Poetry Prize winners includes the work of exciting contemporary poets from around the world. Original.  More Info


House Of Anansi | April 1, 1999 | 84 pages
Mean is a stunning exploration of the threshold and divide between our primeval origins and traditions, and the meanness of our everyday lives. Ken Babstock means to edge closer to what the elements give up, what they create, and what exists below their surfaces.  More Info

The Essential Tom Marshall

The Porcupine's Quill | September 1, 2012 | 63 pages
Number nine in our series of Essential Poets, this newly selected, essential collection of Tom Marshall's poetry, co-edited by his friends David Helwig and Michael Ondaatje, pushes Marshall to his rightful place in the Canadian canon. Tom Marshall lived in Kingston for most of his adult life.... More Info

For the Boy With the Eyes of the Virgin

Nightwood Editions | September 15, 2012 | 135 pages
Drawn from nine collections published over thirty years, the forty-one poems in this retrospective reveal the poetic accomplishments of John Barton. In this collection, Barton explores the role of love in contemporary society, the complexity of gay experience, the persistence of homophobia, the... More Info

Hot poppies

Porcupines Quill | January 1, 2005 | 91 pages
Everything from her mouth / I wrote down in a blue book.' So begins "Hot Poppies," a collection of poems by Leon Rooke, that grand master of the vocal jag and lyrical roar. Those who know Rooke's fiction -- the Governor General's award-winning novel Shakespeare's Dog, for example -- will expect his... More Info

Everything Is Movies

October 30, 2007 | 93 pages
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The Ottawa city project

Chaudiere Press | July 13, 2007 | 148 pages
Working in the tradition of such previous poetry collections as Daphne Marlatt??'s Vancouver Poems (1972), George Bowering??'s Kerrisdale Elegies (1986), Joe Blades??? River Suite (1998) and, closer to home, William Hawkins??? own Ottawa Poems (1966), rob mclennan??'s thirteenth trade poetry... More Info

You are here

November 1, 2008 | 51 pages
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The Trees Are Still Bending South

November 1, 2011 | 137 pages
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House Built of Rain

Harbour Pub Co | April 15, 2003 | 85 pages
Shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize.  More Info

Boxing the compass

Signal | October 15, 2009 | 99 pages
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The Major Verbs

Signal Editions | April 1, 2013 | 92 pages
Pierre Nepveu is unique among French Quebec poets for having forged a voice at once unadorned, sensuous, and adventurous, and this new collection is a masterwork consisting of three sequences. The first focuses on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway; the second, a riff on a group of... More Info

The Fly in Autumn

Harbour Publishing | March 25, 2009 | 94 pages
"The Fly in Autumn" is a nuanced work that constantly shifts between the inane and the macabre, between black humour and self-mockery.  More Info

All Souls'

Signal Editions | April 1, 2013 | 78 pages
Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising, and tender, Rhea Tregebov's first collection since 2004 commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous books. Inspired by crises both personal (divorce, adult children, aging parents) and societal (global warming, financial... More Info

The human shore

Harbour Pub Co | October 16, 2006 | 71 pages
An accomplished collection by a poet sure to leave an indelible mark on Canadian poetry.  More Info

Performance Bond

Arsenal Pulp Pr Ltd | February 1, 2005 | 176 pages
A new collection of hip-hop-inspired poetry that fuses history and contemporary black politics; includes a CD of a turntable performance.  More Info

The Brave Never Write Poetry

Coach House | April 30, 2011 | 101 pages
The brave ride streetcars to jobs early in the morning, have traffic accidents, rob banks. The brave have children, relationships, mortgages. The brave never write these things down in notebooks. The brave die and they are dead. First published in 1985, when Daniel Jones was just twenty-six,The... More Info

New Theatre

Coach House | July 17, 2012 | 96 pages
A poetic debut that ventures into historical and imagined space both, with musings on Lenin, power and identity.  More Info

Divide and Rule

Coach House | June 12, 2012 | 72 pages
Acclaimed poet, mentored by John Ashbery, explores the West's violent collision with the Arab world.  More Info

American Standard/Canada Dry

Coach House Press | April 20, 2005 | 117 pages
With Canada / US relations in the proverbial toilet (American Standard, of course), Stephen Cain’s third book blenderizes ‘pop’ culture, politics and poetry to befuddle the border. From the Howl-like opening rant about the militarism of the US to the satirical ‘History of Canada,’ this... More Info

The Alma elegies

Gaspereau Pr | April 1, 2007 | 47 pages
A two-part volume of poetry, Allan Cooperrs"s Alma Elegies pairs the poems from his very first book with new poems written in the same place. The first half of the book was written in the autumn of 1978, when Cooper was living alone in his great-unclers"s house. These poems were published the... More Info

In the millennium

October 14, 2009 | 146 pages
Poetry. IN THE MILLENNIUM is a thirteen-part sequence written over the last ten years that measures a wide range of the poet's experience. The writing emerges in response to human processes, conditions and places: love, sex, death, the insecurities and pressures of the inner and outer world, and... More Info

Ancient motel landscape

Broken Jaw Pr | March 24, 2017 | 119 pages
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A Short History of Forgetting

April 15, 2010 | 73 pages
As first collections of poems go, Paul Tyler’s A Short History of Forgetting is remarkable for its confidence, maturity of voice and control of form. Its style ranges from the aggressive pace, short measure and muscular language of its tightly-wound object poems, to gentler, more meditative... More Info

Runaway Dreams

Ronsdale Press | September 1, 2011 | 129 pages
Poetry. Native American Studies. Having developed an impressive reputation for his many novels and nonfiction works, Richard Wagamese now presents a collection of stunning poems ranging over a broad landscape. He begins with an immersion in the unforgettable world where "the ancient ones stand at... More Info

Leaving the Shade of the Middle Ground

Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr | September 6, 2011 | 70 pages
This book contains thirty-five of F R Scott's poems from across the five decades of his career. Scott's artistic responses to a litany of social problems, as well as his emphasis on nature and landscapes, remain remarkably relevant. Scott weighed in on many issues important to Canadians today,... More Info

Asking Questions Indoors and Out

Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd | April 15, 2009 | 79 pages
The publication of Anne Compton's first two collections marked the arrival of a major voice in Canadian poetry. In this, her third collection, she completes the island trilogy that those two books began, bringing her long, narrative lines into focus on the mysterious metaphysical nature of everyday... More Info

Some Frames

March 31, 2011 | 108 pages
Jack Hannan has, until now, been one of Canadian poetry's best-kept secrets. Some Frames brings together a body of new work with poems that appeared in small-circulation chapbooks and magazines in the late 1970s and 1980s ; poems that were admired at the time by an intimate circle of readers and... More Info