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Brick Books and the Long Poem

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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. Updated May 6, 2018
Abraham

Abraham

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In these passionate poems, this long poem, there is a story (there are stories) which a reader mines out of a landscape of language moulded under great pressure and eloquent of the stresses that formed it. This is non-representational work of great concentration and beauty.

"The skill and intense ardor of the mind at work ... is delightful. The least one can learn from poetry that makes sweet music of the intelligence is that we can still measure, have measure." -- Fred Wah, Books in Canada

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All Our Wonder Unavenged

All Our Wonder Unavenged

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A poet of osmosis explores the implicit relationship between matter and spirit, the interconnectedness of the universe.

In his first full-length collection since 1998's Parish of the Physic Moon, Don Domanski writes with clarity of vision. He is a poet of the holiness of subtleties, a master of mindfulness and being. His writing is a form of osmosis, spirit seeping through the details of each poem, creating a marvel of metaphysics and language distilled to purest energy. Living in the moment here …

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Anatomy of Keys, The

Anatomy of Keys, The

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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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Angel and the Bear

Angel and the Bear

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A pinball wizard stars in this urban romance, set where the blues meet jazz in London, Ontario's historic York Hotel.

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Elimination Dance

Elimination Dance

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Instructions: An elimination dance begins with a crowded dance floor. At a signal, the band stops playing and the announcer reads an elimination, say, "Any lover who has gone into a flower shop on Valentine's Day and asked for clitoris when he meant clematis." Any dancer answering this description must sit down, and his partner is also disqualified. The process continues (e.g. "Any person who has burst into tears at the Liquor Control Board") until a single couple remains. And now, the post-Meec …

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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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From the Great Above She Opened Her Ear to the Great Below

From the Great Above She Opened Her Ear to the Great Below

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In this collaboration, which can be viewed as two visions in dialogue, Shantz and Lilburn each focus on the story of the Sumerian goddess Inanna, who descends from her throne in heaven to the underworld. After being killed there by her sister, Inanna is reborn to return transformed, with her adornments no longer external but "formed by the scars of her healed wounds" (Shantz), a new Inanna who is also "a new physics" (Lilburn). By dramatizing the myth of the female dying-and- rising divinity in …

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God's Geography

God's Geography

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Don Gutteridge approaches his home town of Point Edward, Ontario, with an array of listening and recording devices, mixing poetry, documentary newspaper collage, interviews and photography. A milestone in the documentary poem.

"A unique and intriguing book." -- Quill & Quire

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