Category: Poetry

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
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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

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
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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
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Ancient motel landscape

Broken Jaw Pr | April 23, 2017 | 119 pages
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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

The Circle Game

House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 96 pages
The appearance of Margaret Atwood's first major collection of poetry marked the beginning of a truly outstanding career in Canadian and international letters. The voice in these poems is as witty, vulnerable, direct, and incisive as we've come to know in later works, such as Power Politics, Bodily... More Info

Poems for All the Annettes

House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 104 pages
Originally published by Contact Press in 1962, then later by House of Anansi in 1967, and again in a revised, expanded edition in 1972, Poems for All the Annettes stands as one of the essential documents of the great Al Purdy's career. So many beloved poems are here?"At Roblin Lake," "At the Quinte... More Info
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Civil Elegies

House of Anansi Press | March 12, 2013 | 64 pages
Civil Elegies is Dennis Lee's uncompromising exploration of citizenship, both Canadian and human. Eli Mandel has called Civil Elegies one of the most important contemporary books of poetry in our country. It was the winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in 1972. This edition... More Info

Testament

April 10, 2012 | 160 pages
The third collection in a trilogy of poetry books looks at our contemporary existence, what we have done to the world and the surprising hope the author has for the future. By the author of Un and Yesno. Original.  More Info

Ghettostocracy

McGilligan Books Inc | November 10, 2006 | 112 pages
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Rogue Stimulus

Mansfield Pr | February 28, 2010 | 105 pages
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Wore down trust

April 28, 2011 | 135 pages
Oh, admit this, man, there is no point in poetryif you withhold the truthonce you've come by it. - Alden NowlanWore Down Trust incorporates poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, biography, vodka and the blues in an examination of desperation and perseverance. Utilizing a blues format, the... More Info

Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement

September 15, 2012 | 112 pages
Most things have no reason. Why you leave a lover or join another, why you choose to stay where you live; these questions you may have no answer for. Or the answers change. Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement explores living from an awareness that has no reference points, that carries the risk of... More Info

Slow Curve Out

September 15, 2012 | 112 pages
Slow Curve Out, Maureen Scott Harris's new collection, gathers meditative poems of sensory engagement with both human and nonhuman worlds. The poet strives to see and hear the world clearly, trusting perception and experience before idea. Alert for resonances both among things and between inner and... More Info

Why are you so sad?

Insomniac Pr | October 1, 2007 | 328 pages
The first selected poems of David W. McFadden.  More Info
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Rising with a Distant Dawn

October 15, 2011 | 80 pages
Rising with a Distant Dawn is a powerful and moving poetry collection, which stretches across the boundaries of skin colour, language, and religion to give voice to the lives and experiences of ordinary Aboriginal Canadians. The book captures timely personal and cultural challenges, and ultimately... More Info

Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies

August 15, 2012 | 104 pages
"Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies" is a poetry collection where stories of Aboriginal experiences are distilled into feelings and thoughts that are universal. Reneltta Arluk weaves the traditional and the contemporary together through the eyes of a young Aboriginal woman. She draws from the... More Info

I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail

May 15, 2012 | 56 pages
This 17th century English poem - included in classic anthologies of children's poetry - is a form of trick verse. Here, the very design of the book brings clarity to the verse, as whimsical die-cuts in each page reveal the poem's nuanced meaning. "I saw a peacock with a fiery tail I saw a blazing... More Info

Tracelanguage

Bookthug | May 1, 2010 | 105 pages
Tracelanguage is a serial poem made up of six cycles all of which correspond with Paul Celan's 1967 book of poetry, Atemwende. Here, his work is re-inscribed via a transmutation of word material found or developed from within the original text. These poems are elegiac in nature. A language of... More Info

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Scribner | November 2, 2010 | 112 pages
A movie-tie-in edition of Ntozake Shange's 1975 classic to coincide with the release of Tyler Perry's new movie starring Whoppi Goldberg.  More Info

The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2012

June 12, 2012 | 112 pages
The best books of poetry published in English internationally and in Canada are honoured each year with the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's most prestigious and valuable literary awards. Since 2001 this annual prize has acted as a tremendous spur to interest in and recognition of... More Info

Whetstone

McClelland & Stewart Ltd | March 15, 2005 | 69 pages
National-award-winning poet Lorna Crozier’s new collection of poems are peopled by the seasons and their elements, her beloved prairies, sorrow, joy, and the dead. Central to their themes are revisitations of family and marriage, and the land-death that is drought. Universal, deeply moving,... More Info

The Cinnamon Peeler

McClelland & Stewart, [1992] | November 7, 1992 | 208 pages
Michael Ondaatje's new selected poems, The Cinnamon Peeler, brings together poems written between 1963 and 1990, including work from his most recent collection, Secular Love. These poems bear witness to the extraordinary gifts that have won high praise for this truly original poet and novelist.  More Info

Paradoxides

McClelland & Stewart Ltd | March 20, 2012 | 96 pages
Multi-award-winning poet Don McKay returns with a startling collection of new poems, his first since his Griffin Poetry Prize winning book, Strike/Slip Don McKay is known, among other things, as Canada's foremost poet of the natural world. Readers have come to expect a playful extravagance in his... More Info

Assiniboia

McClelland & Stewart Ltd | March 27, 2012 | 128 pages
From Governor General's Award-winning poet Tim Lilburn comes a new collection of poetry of great scope and ambition. Assiniboia is a richly textured imagining of a Western Canada that could have been. Theatrical, operatic -- a masque and a pair of choral performances -- the book breaks new formal... More Info

Ruins

Univ of New Mexico Pr | September 15, 2011 | 136 pages
In this poetry collection, Margaret Randall uses the metaphor of ruins to meditate on time's movement--through memory, through cities, through the leavings of history, and through the bodies of people who have experienced time's transformations and traumas. Randall's ruins include not only Chaco... More Info

Novel

Talonbooks Limited | October 11, 2011 | 176 pages
This is the first novel by legendary poet bill bissett, "a one man civilization."  More Info

The Exile's Papers

Porcupine's Quill | February 28, 2012 | 192 pages
Wayne Clifford's The Exile's Papers first appeared in 2007 with the publication of The Duplicity of Autobiography, but this creative project -- a four-part series of hundreds of surreal, straightforward, narrative or mythic, and endlessly varying sonnets -- is the culmination of decades of effort.... More Info

Day and Night

August 1, 2011 | 67 pages
Day and Night was Dorothy Livesays first Governor Generals Award-winning title and her first book as an established Vancouver writer. Day and Night emerged out of the struggles of the depression and the societal changes brought about as a result of the Second World War. It was one of the first... More Info

Muybridge's horse

Nightwood Editionis | May 16, 2007 | 197 pages
Shortlisted for the 2007 Governor General's Award for Poetry!  More Info

Thirsts

October 1, 2011 | 63 pages
Thirsts, denied and indulged, overt and so subtle as to beunnoticeable, have a sometimes unexamined power in our lives. thepassions we hold for one another. The poems in Thirsts descend from language, whether turns of localphrase to turns at the scrabble board. words and frames obliquelyenter and... More Info

Gift Horse

Vehicule Pr | April 1, 2012 | 72 pages
Gift Horse, Mark Callanan's second full-length collection of poetry, was largely written following a near-fatal medical emergency in 2007. The poems offer up the story of a young man whose gratitude at being alive is undercut by Lazarus-like confusion and ambivalence. Brandishing a newly acute... More Info

Spinning Side Kick

Vehicule Pr | April 1, 2012 | 78 pages
A hard-knuckled look at the other half, this collection of lively poems mix a girl-about-town cockiness with an all-too-rare emotional honesty about men, love, and relationships. Whether the subject is a one-man chimney demolition, the lifelong fidelity of seahorses, a lover at war in Afghanistan,... More Info

The Montreal International Poetry Prize 2011 Global Poetry Anthology

Vehicule Press | November 1, 2011 | 140 pages
Celebrating the first annual Montreal International Poetry Prize competition, this anthology presents the collected works of 50 finalists from around the world. The featured pieces have been selected by an eminent team of editors and board members, assuring that this compilation contains the very... More Info

Chronicles: Early Works

Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr | November 1, 2011 | 162 pages
One of Canada's most distinguished poets, Dionne Brand explores and chronicles how history shapes human existence, in particular the lives of those ruptured and scattered by New World slaveries and modern crises. This republication of three early volumes presents a view of the trajectory of her... More Info

The Hard Return

Insomniac Press | April 1, 2012 | 112 pages
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New Collected Poems

Counterpoint | April 10, 2012 | 391 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

The Unmemntioable

House of Anansi Pr | February 14, 2012 | 120 pages
This powerful collection of poems, joining letters that should not be joined, tells the stories of Ukrainian immigrants as they settle on Saskatoon Mountain in Alberta, leaving behind memories of the Old Country. Original.  More Info

Dying a Little

Wolsak and Wynn | September 1, 2011 | 101 pages
Award-winning poet Barry Dempsters latest collection embraces the fragility of life and the bitterness of endings. Ghosts of his father and mother haunt the pages and friends face battles with cancer, some losing, some not, while the poet himself is all too aware of the passage of time on his own... More Info

A Difficult Beauty

Wolsak & Wynn Pub Ltd | September 1, 2011 | 103 pages
David Groulxs latest collection offers his readers a handful of poems as cutting and brilliant as glass shards, offering glimpses of the anger, pain and lost beauties of his ancestors. These poems cut deep with their clear-eyed honesty, their stripped away pain and suffering. A subtle weaving of... More Info

The Crystal Palace

October 1, 2011 | 80 pages
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Lyrics and Poems, 1997-2012

Arbeiter Ring Pub | February 1, 2012 | 90 pages
Often cited as one of the finest contemporary lyricists, singer, songwriter and poet John K. Samson captures the essential images of contemporary life. Whether on the streets of his beloved and bewildering hometown of Winnipeg, an outpost in Antarctica, or a room in an Edward Hopper painting, he... More Info

There Devil, Eat That

November 1, 2011 | 85 pages
A book of poems about love, false starts, family, relationships, body parts, lost friends, ancestors and origins, problems, angels, war and travels. This is Lawson's first book of adult poetry since 1999 and it shows the influence of the many intervening years he's spent writing poetry for... More Info

Hydrologos

October 15, 2011 | 109 pages
Hydrologos is one long poem composed in five suites and a coda, and spoken through masks. It is a poem about a specific passion, the one that always follows love: sorrow. At the poem's centre is the original lyric elegy, the myth of Orpheus, but re-imagined from the perspective of Eurydike. What... More Info

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