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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 Things Said & Done

All Things Said & Done

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Shortlisted for the 2008 Relit Award for Poetry

Marita Dachsel's debut collection is a visceral exploration of the moments of life that stand out in the pages of a family album and the intervals of memory.

She playfully and poignantly documents first crushes, first times, weddings and trips across town, across water, and across continents. Dachsel perceptively sprinkles these moments with the details photographs don't reveal, as in "Dispatches from an Impending Marriage": 'Don't talkto me about ph …

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Amphetamine Heart

Amphetamine Heart

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Filtered through insomnia and distress signals, Amphetamine Heart pumps out an atonal pulse over flashes of lowered inhibitions. Channelling punk and heavy metal influences, this poetry collection's soundtrack is set to a backdrop of boozecans and broken glass. Written over a three-year period, these poems are linked by discomfort and decay, frequently capturing the urgency of paranoia and self-harm. Amphetamine Heart is about excess and the imbalance that it brings. It's about people who don't …

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Augustine in Carthage

Augustine in Carthage

And Other Poems
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Equally crude and charming, locker-room macho and sensitive, these poems are always singularly marked by formal ingenuity and stylistic élan. A deeply felt and original collection, this work understands that (as its epigraph, in the words of Diderot, insists) “there is a bit of testicle at the bottom of our most sublime feelings and our purest tenderness.”

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Between Dusk and Night

Between Dusk and Night

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Poems with an urgent desire to discover a way to be in right relation to other creatures and to the earth itself.

There are many journeys encompassed in the pages of this mature and well-crafted first collection; literal travels to different parts of the world, to Europe and Africa, are the outward manifestation of the inward quest, the asking of the old but still essential questions: What is real? What is true? What is honourable? What is right? Yet these questions are new in that the poet is de …

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Bloom

Bloom

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Bloom is the electrifying debut collection from one of our best emerging poets. If a studio technician could "remix" poems by modern and contemporary poets so they retold the story of the Manhattan Project from the viewpoint of Louis Slotin, simultaneously putting Robert Lowell in whispered conversation with Ted Hughes, as vocalized by a Canadian physicist from Winnipeg, over the current state of literary utopian projects, we'd hear something nearly as captivating as Michael Lista's Bloom. As it …

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Cartography and Walking

Cartography and Walking

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Without you, I have taken to drawing maps on the backs of photographs. On the coast in a raincoat your smile has been dented by a lake, the fluting arms of rivers have made your shoulders look like the bark of birches. from "Cartographer"

In Cartography and Walking, Adam Dickinson charts his own listening — an acute listening of eye and ear, a listening with both body and mind. "Cartography" is more than a metaphor for him, it's a way of being. It is how we dwell in the world, and how intimacy …

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Clockfire

Clockfire

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Jonathan Ball's Clockfire is a suite of poetic blueprints for imaginary plays that would be impossible to produce - plays in which, for example, the director burns out the sun, actors murder their audience or the laws of physics are defiled. The poems in a sense replace the need for drama, and are predicated on the idea that modern theatre lacks both 'clocks' and 'fire' and thus fails to offer its audiences immediate, violent engagement. They sometimes resemble the scores for Fluxus 'happenings, …

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Common Place Ecstasies

Common Place Ecstasies

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With sublime poetic insight, Wendy McGrath takes us on a tour of everyday objects and events that celebrates what many of us take for granted. A truck-stop diner is obliquely referenced to the subject of Vincent van Gogh’s The Night Cafe. A refracted glimpse of a typical suburban couple is transmuted into a modern-day version of a wedding portrait by Jan van Eyck. Old brown boots lined with newspapers sum up the hard life of a construction worker. Tupperware is no ordinary plastic in scattered …

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