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Brick Books and first books from the 1990's

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Well, that first list of debut collections from our authors from 2000 to the present was fun - so here's another one of books that we published from 1990 to 1999. Many of these titles have been best-sellers for us - Short Talks by Anne Carson is her first poetry collection, now in its 8th printing; A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont has been taught at universities and colleges in Canada and the United States steadily since its publication in 1996 (13th printing); Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson by Joan Crate (6th printing) and The True Names of Birds by Sue Goyette (7th printing) are also taught on many courses. See if you recognize these other titles!!
Body Rain

Body Rain

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In J.A. Hamilton's poems blood is red, black hearts are black. There is no flinching from things as bad as they can be, especially but not only for women. And yet, this passionate powerful writing radiates affirmation. "This good o, good old world" is livable still in acts of pure verbal magic.

"J.A. Hamilton is not a poet content to whisper in your ear or take you on slow walks through pretty fields. She sits you down in her hardest chair, litters tacks on the floor about your naked feet, and ho …

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Bridge that Carries the Road, The

Bridge that Carries the Road, The

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Lynn Davies' first collection brings together poems astonished with the fierce power of love. With a remarkable sureness of tone and clarity and immediacy of perception, she surrenders to the demands of a fully experienced life, and to the necessity to honour it with poetry. She chronicles the hilarities, the struggles, the innocence of family life, with the exact rightness of the children in her poem who invent a universe of play from a gutted dishwasher. And throughout the book, the lonely bea …

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Calm Jazz Sea

Calm Jazz Sea

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The poems in Calm Jazz Sea>/i> reveal a world forever becoming and disappearing, watched over and handled gently by the compassionate intelligence of Mike Barnes. In the everyday and the ephemeral meals, drinks, weather, work, moments of solitude or connection he finds ways to engage the secret matter of humanity: what horrifies, astonishes, or comforts us. Like the sea of the title, restless and receptive, the language of the poems moves through many levels of voice: from an easy vernacular to …

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Even the Fawn Has Wings

Even the Fawn Has Wings

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Cherie Geauvreau has worked in pharmaceuticals and restaurant management; she has been a fork lift operator, a cook, a house cleaner / technician; she has been a nun. She is a poet and a lesbian. Her natural feeling for language, her ability to push it out and in and under, has been nurtured by such West Coast writers (Cherie lives on Saltspring Island) as Daphne Marlatt, Betsy Warland, Jane Rule and Phyllis Webb. Even the Fawn Has Wings is a first book that arches over a huge mental territory, …

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Eyes Like Pigeons

Eyes Like Pigeons

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Eyes Like Pigeons, Roberta Rees' long poem, comes back, always, to this: ... Thi' in Vietnamese means poetry." Thi, a Vietnamese refugee, is this book's associational matrix; playing with the possibilities of her name, Rees writes of Thi, poetry both self-reflexive and self-reflective, and immensely different from that which idealizes women with cliches like the title of this volume. The poetry she finds through Thi is as harsh as it is beautiful; its content as sorrowful as the style is liberat …

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Memoirs of an Almost Expedition

Memoirs of an Almost Expedition

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In Memoirs of an Almost Expedition, Barbara Schott peels back the skin of language to reveal its musculature, its bone. She also peels back the skin of relations, the intimate rub of self against self, to find both great longing and great loss. Schott marks how the heart bends to words, bends itself with words, in her poetic "novel" "Archipelago" her marvelous sequence "hymens" and in each discrete poem in this lovely book.

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More Light

More Light

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Hilary Clark's More Light finds the path from heart to skin in language. Her writing resonates with the small details in life that are constantly remade in memory and in words -- a story, a garden, an angel of light. Clark's writings range from experimental prose poems to elegy, from lyric to homily. She risks much and never lessens her intensity.

"More Light is a brilliant neural-poetic headlamp that luminates the minute and truthful particulars of a lush geomorphic garden. The landscape of thin …

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Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson

Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson

Poems for Pauline Johnson
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In powerful language that reflects the conflicts between the primitive and the sophisticated, Joan Crate redreams the passions which animated and tormented her famous predecessor. Part white, part Mohawk princess, Pauline Johnson /Tekahionwake would perform her poems first in buckskin, then, after the intermission, in silk. - See more at: http://www.brickbooks.ca/?page_id=3&bookid=100#sthash.lzwXlpTh.dpuf

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