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Christmas 2012: The BEST Canadian Poetry

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Poetry is a tough one to consider when buying gifts for friends and family during the Christmas season. In Canada, we're blessed with some of the best poets in the world and some of the most dynamic poetry publishers in the book industry. The following 2012 titles represent some personal favourites that should appeal to anyone looking for some poetic inspiration under the tree this holiday season.
Testament

Testament

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Testament is the summation of Dennis Lee’s decade-long exploration of the dilemma of contemporary existence. Incorporating and rethinking the work published in Un and Yesno, and featuring many completely new poems, this startling collection reminds us anew of the catastrophic reality we have made of our planet, while simultaneously insisting on a particular kind of hope for our future. Testament continues Lee’s radical and inventive use of language, shaping the familiar into the shockingly n …

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Paradoxides

Paradoxides

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Multi-award-winning poet Don McKay returns with a startling collection of new poems, his first since his Griffin Poetry Prize winning book, Strike/Slip
 
Don McKay is known, among other things, as Canada's foremost poet of the natural world. Readers have come to expect a playful extravagance in his poetry. Most recently, he has opened himself to the mysteries of geologic wonder. "Who needs ghosts when matter /nonchalantly haunts us," he writes. In his new book, perhaps his most stunning yet, it' …

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Assiniboia

Assiniboia

edition:Paperback
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From Governor General's Award-winning poet Tim Lilburn comes a new collection of poetry of great scope and ambition.
 
Assiniboia is a richly textured imagining of a Western Canada that could have been. Theatrical, operatic -- a masque and a pair of choral performances -- the book breaks new formal ground in Canadian poetry. The huge spectacle of Tim Lilburn's eighth collection gives us a new land peopled by figures from the visionary governments of Louis Riel and from the western mysticism, as …

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Echo Gods and Silent Mountains

Echo Gods and Silent Mountains

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Patrick Woodcock’s eighth book of poetry is the first written in one geographical location, the Kurdish North of Iraq. Woodcock lived in three cities over two years where he worked as a teacher and lecturer while traveling extensively throughout the region collecting material for this book. Mixed with poems both serious and humorous, long and short, this is the work of a poet who cannot live or create without uprooting himself to our world’s most misunderstood and misrepresented regions.

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The New Measures

The New Measures

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award: Poetry and the League of Canadian Poets: Raymond Souster Award

The follow up to The Sentinel, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, A. F. Moritz's The New Measures is a bold collection of fiery, passionate, visionary, and fiercely singing new work. These poems make unique music, by turns tender and forceful, terrified and assured, grateful and enraged. They revel in pleasure, and the thirst for more pleasure. And they insist on the hope -- perh …

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Civil Elegies

Civil Elegies

by Dennis Lee
introduction by Nick Mount
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook

Civil Elegies is Dennis Lee's uncompromising exploration of citizenship, both Canadian and human. Eli Mandel has called Civil Elegies one of the most important contemporary books of poetry in our country. It was the winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry in 1972. This edition features a new introduction by noted academic Nick Mount, who places this important collection in the context of Canadian literature and Lee’s career.

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Poems for All the Annettes

Poems for All the Annettes

by Al Purdy
introduction by Steven Heighton
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Originally published by Contact Press in 1962, then later by House of Anansi in 1967, and again in a revised, expanded edition in 1972, Poems for All the Annettes stands as one of the essential documents of the great Al Purdy’s career. So many beloved poems are here—"At Roblin Lake," "At the Quinte Hotel"—but also so many undiscovered gems and treasures. It is at once the perfect introduction to this remarkable poet’s work and a collection rich and deep enough to satisfy even the experie …

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The Essential Tom Marshall

The Essential Tom Marshall

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

A comprehensive introduction to this enigmatic Canadian poet, The Essential Tom Marshall provides an overview of the breadth of Marshall's career, from the intense, daring poetry of his youth in the 1960s to the reflective work of his later years.

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Excerpt

'Words For H.S.K.M. (1910-91)'

The Kennedy profile recumbent
is like a craggy mountain range
rising above the oak casket.

Time's scythe has had its way with her.
The Ancient of Days has drawn a line
around her. She survives herself no more.

For years she had been receding
little by little. She had been
remembered in dreams as younger, stronger.

A shrunken woman, kindly, distant,
not that terrifying sorceress
not yet the strong, protective matrona.

Mother, in your darkness and light
I grew. Your love of music and reading.
Your hatred of space and freedom.

Curious contradictions of
anxiety, nerves, depression
persisting through generations

of Kennedys working the land.
Whence comes all that depth of darkness?
From Scotland's internecine turmoil?

Human mysteries persist, deepen.
There is no resolution. Only pain
familiar and defining, strengthening.

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