Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Poetry General

New Canon, The

An Anthology of Canadian Poetry

edited by Carmine Starnino

Vehicule Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2005
General, Anthologies (multiple authors), Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2005
    List Price

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it


The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry offers readers a reliable, if often risk-taking, guide to the last two decades of contemporary Canadian poetry. In the first book to survey the territory since Dennis Lee's landmark The New Canadian Poets was published in 1985, critic and poet Carmine Starnino has collected fifty of the most interesting Canadian poets born between 1955 and 1975, many of whom have never made an appearance in a major anthology.
Selected from the lists of more than twenty presses, and serving up nearly two hundred poems, this indispensable volume attempts to identify an emerging openness towards form in Canadian poetry. Concentrating on poets who have launched innovative attacks on traditional verse modes, The New Canon will do much to challenge prevailing insularities and tastes. Also included is a long essay by Starnino that describes and explains the innovative tendencies of this exciting group.
Among the writers represented are Richard Sanger, Julie Bruck, David McGimpsey, Jeffery Donaldson, Bruce Taylor, Diana Brebner, Laura Lush, Christopher Patton, George Elliott Clarke, Stephanie Bolster, Steven Heighton, Sue Sinclair, Ken Babstock, Elise Partridge, David Manicom, David O'Meara, Karen Solie, Barbara Nickel, and Joe Denham.

About the author

Carmine Starnino is the author of three collections of poems: The New World (which was nominated for the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award), Credo (winner of the C A A Jack Chalmers Poetry Award), and With English Subtitles. His reviews and essays have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and literary journals, including the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, Matrix, Arc and The Montreal Review of Books. Starnino is the editor of Vehicule Press` Signal imprint, poetry editor at Canadian Notes and Queries, and editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve. Starnino lives in Montreal.

Carmine Starnino's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Judging from this anthology, Canada's younger generation are more than just promising. Starnino has chosen poems and poets with real sureness of voice, technical inventiveness and a broad range of themes and forms.... [Starnino] has offered us a book of unusual vibrancy and range, and shown himself a persuasive advocate not just of his country's poetry but of his own generation's." --Times Literary Supplement

Other titles by Carmine Starnino

Related lists