Brick Books celebrates poetry all year long. But April is National Poetry Month so I thought I would create one more list for you - this time it's long poems. Stan Dragland, co-founder of Brick Books, wrote in 2003 when we compiled a list of our titles that we consider to be "long poems" - "A long poem, at least in Canada, is a book of poems, or poems and material in other forms, that has some sort of overall unity, sometimes narrative, sometimes something else. It's a pretty elastic category."
"Long poems belong by practice and definition to what Ezra Pound called the 'prose tradition' in poetry; that is, their tendency to a narrative sense of the passage of time drives them by and into history beyond the capacities and preoccupations of the lyric."
Sharon Thesen, "Introduction," The New Long Poem Anthology.
" “a book of marvels from the tropical zone of poetry." — Roo Borson
Jaguar Rain is a rare text: at once a book of stand-alone poems and a work of scholarship, with textual notes and bibliography. Written in the voice of Margaret Mee (naturalist, explorer, and painter of flowers in the Amazon between 1956 and 1988), the poems are infuse …
Tiny Courts in a world without scales is a collection of 50 poems, probes of contemporary language and life, cool vessels for social engagement, modulations of irony orchestrated towards a critical presentation of our artificial lives now.
A poetic vision quest and pilgrimage into the numinous presence of the Cypress Hills.
Cypress is a series of liked meditative poems focusing on the Cypress Hills of southwestern Saskatchewan, a remarkable landform that Barbara Klar has come to know intimately. Moving with grace between the perceptual moment and its visionary dimension, Klar opens nu …