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Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry

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The shortlisted books for the inaugural Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. The judge for this year's award was George Bowering.
This Isn't the Apocalypse We Hoped For

This Isn't the Apocalypse We Hoped For

Poems
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How do we navigate a world of fast-food joints, big-box stores and traffic jams, where people grandstand in the deli and homeless men announce the end of the world through slats in the sky Where the cumulative result of our lifestyle is a gyre of garbage and plastic in the North Pacific? Al Rempel's 'This Isn't the Apocalypse We Hoped For 'addresses this concern with humility and compassion, as it takes us above the trees in a sky canoe and into the city, asking us to receive each kindness and p …

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Philosopher at the Skin Edge of Being

Philosopher at the Skin Edge of Being

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Imagining how the philosopher imagines is one way to read and learn a philosophy and is especially suited to the practice of poetry. Sometimes poetry has the ability to be the reality when philosophy can only describe it. Philosopher at the Skin Edge of Being marches through the seasons as Jia-li, a mountain woman, and a girl philosopher inhabit their cosmos, sluicing philosophy of antiquity through twenty-first century existence. They imagine the world as the sages may or may not have.

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Hooking

Hooking

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Mary Dalton's fifth collection, Hooking, is a series of centos that, on one level, draw inspiration from a traditional Newfoundland craft. Like a hooked rug made up of strips of fabric cut from old clothes, the cento is stitched together from lines scissored out of other poems. Dalton's cento variants, however, range across continents and epochs, rummaging among poems contemporary and canonical in celebration of the recombinatory energies of language. As Dalton's lines hook together syntacticall …

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Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild, The

Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild, The

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With clarity and compassion, Murray Riess, painstakingly lays out the fabric of his pain, alienation and redemption as the son of a holocaust survivor. Courageously unsentimental these poems bear the weight of years in their craft and in their telling-- poignant, dark yet whimsical, in their understanding of generational suffering. Riess's poems are deeply reflective of his relationship with his father, a child of the holocaust who lost all his living relatives and was obsessed by guilt that he …

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Civic-mindedness of Trees, The

Civic-mindedness of Trees, The

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Winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry from the Quebec Writers' Federation

Winner of the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry

In The Civic-mindedness of Trees, award-winning poet Ken Howe updates the vocation of the "nature poet" for the 21st Century. These poems are witty and philosophical meditations on the haunting presence of the natural world, and on the familiar presence of humanity within it. In this book, odes to oak trees and ground squirrels renew the mysteries of plant and a …

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Stones, The

Stones, The

edition:Paperback
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Stones . . . hewn by nature and the hand of man. They shelter us, record our grief, provide hope, joy and provide a window into the past. Dennis Cooley's latest collection of poetry brings his trademark playfulness and wit to the very foundations of the earth. He stretches his prairie eyes far across the ocean to the cathedrals and monuments of Europe and connects our curling rinks and skipping stones to places rich in history.

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