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New Generation of Canadian Poets

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Great Canadian Poets who have published their first books since 2000, as selected by Canadian readers.
All Our Grandfathers Are Ghosts

All Our Grandfathers Are Ghosts

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Imagine a world just like our own: the celebrities march their sequined parade on TV, the Dairy Queens dollop out fat splooges of frozen yogurt, folks hump one another like they always have, and sometimes there's shoplifting, and sometimes there's love. Except there's no morality, none at all, which skews things some. Murder happens off-handedly, as a joke, the librarians are all on acid, at parties people chug goblets of their own pee, and Fred Savage has been crowned king of Romania. This is …

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Song of the Taxidermist

Song of the Taxidermist

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

There's something fresh and fantastic in Aurian Haller's view of the world. In Song of the Taxidermist, he demonstrates both a fascination and unease with the independence of the body — its resistance to the self's colonizing imperative.

Employing a powerful visual and intellectual imagination, a camera and a roving curiosity, he investigates the ways that flesh inhabits the spaces around us. Building upon the stories of famous taxidermied specimens — the celebrated French giraffe, Zarafe, an …

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That Other Beauty

That Other Beauty

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An exquisitely musical and meditative new voice in Canadian poetry.

 

In her debut collection, Karen Enns' focus is the beauty present to us in almost every moment, however mundane or apparently lost. Her argument is that the act of attention itself is the most fundamental of these beauties.

And when the rooms were bare and windowless,
and the winds came with their black rain and the darkness

and the coats on nails like frameless men,
the pockets hollow-mouthed, I wanted this:

to see the shape of …

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The Anatomy of Clay

The Anatomy of Clay

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also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Taking off from the myth of human creation, this poetic collection explores the individual as a sentient mystery. The first section examines overlooked moments with urban characters?the woman on the bus, a neighbor talking to plants, or the girl smoking after a storm. The second section takes a confessional turn towards the author’s inner life. At times reflective, instructional, playful, or strange, exception is found in the ineffable distinctions between people, selves, objects, and historie …

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At the Gates of the Theme Park

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

In Peter Norman's exciting debut collection, the poet stands, awed and perhaps a tad scared, at the brink of a loud, swirling, thrilling world. Its mysteries and its upheavals spark amusement, sadness and occasionally anger. Whether navigating love and loss, facing the trauma of modern warfare or simply trying to pick up some bread at the supermarket, Norman Ñ already an accomplished writer with a broad arsenal of poetic forms and tones Ñ steps through the theme park's gate and into its carniv …

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Anatomy of Keys, The

Anatomy of Keys, The

Poems
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

A tour de force, a book-length poem, embracing a wide variety of poetic and prose forms, to tell the story of Harry Houdini.

Steven Price's Houdini knows better than most the limitations of life, having bent the efforts of a lifetime to transcending them, and having failed. Ah, but his thinking! Or rather Steven Price's thinking with and through him. "Make it muscular and be apparent in it," says Houdini's archivist/advisor, "words are also escapes." So they are in a book with the sinew of Anato …

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Bindery, The

Bindery, The

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This third collection from award winning poet Shane Rhodes takes off in full flight from where his other books left off. Tracing concurrent themes of travel, love, personal and collective history, all in a rich multifaceted style unique to Rhodes, The Bindery is writing that combines moving lyrical poetry with experimental verve. One of the main sections of the book is a series of prose poems based on travels through Latin America where we are taken from the Conquistadores to the Mexican revolut …

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Apollinaire's Speech to the War Medic

Apollinaire's Speech to the War Medic

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Apollinaire's Speech to the War Medic is to Canadian poetry what Francis Ponge's steaming brioches are to Parisian cobblestone. In other words, this is a book that revels in the that-which-gets-left-behind and is just plain old fascinated with the plop of things. Metaphor is plundered as a doorway into the attic of the basement of objects and animals and phenomena, and inside you'll find poem-studies about hammers, tigers, grass, fire, cat piss, killing floors and many other oh my's. You'll also …

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