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Brick Books & Governor General's Award for Poetry

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Brick Books has a long history with the Governor General's Award for Poetry.
Lake of Two Mountains
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Winner of the 2014 Governor General's Award for Poetry. Here are the judges' comments: “Arleen Paré’s Lake of Two Mountains is a poem of sustained beauty, an almost monastic meditation on the overlapping centres of human and natural reality. Whether she is describing the Oka Crisis, bullfrogs, sunbeams or religion, ‘anything that passes through [this shape-shifting landscape] is transformed,’ including the reader.”
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Bite Down Little Whisper
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Shortlisted for this award in 2013
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Monkey Ranch

Monkey Ranch

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Winner of the 2012 Governor General's Award for Poetry. Here are the judges' comments, "Monkey Ranch by Julie Bruck leaps about the ordinary world with a deft detachment and flexible artistry – guiding us with its offbeat, caring and companionable sensibility. “There’s enough light to see by,” says Julie Bruck, even though the children turn their eyes away. This humane voice, quirky and patient, will see you through a world stripped of miracles."
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All Our Wonder Unavenged
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Winner of the 2007 Governor General's Award for Poetry. Here are the judges' comments, "Stunningly beautiful and delicate, All Our Wonder Unavenged is a deeply moving vision about the intricacies of the everyday world. A spiritual and metaphysical triumph."
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Burning Alphabet, The

Burning Alphabet, The

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Shortlisted for this award in 2005. Here are the judges' comments, "Barry Dempster’s The Burning Alphabet is a skillful navigation and sometimes irreverent meditation on illness, loss and the transitory. It hums with honesty and unexpected delight."
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Robinson's Crossing

Robinson's Crossing

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Shortlisted for this award in 2004. The jury's comments, "These poems are bone-bright and deeply concerned with the meaning of home. Zwicky is exquisitely attentive to the music of being, the music of thought and the interrelations between music and thought."
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Memory Orchard, The
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Shortlisted for this award in 2004. The jury's comments, "These are extremely well-crafted poems. Bowling is gifted in his use of figurative language. He explores enduring themes of memory, loss and the role of the poet in the world."
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Trouble Sleeping
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Shortlisted for this award in 2001. The jury's comments, "A tense and deeply resonant representation of vulnerability and place, this exploration of childhood in rural Ontario transcends autobiography to show how the psyche endures the effacement of poverty, violence and shame. Hall suspends narrative prose fragments and intensely-concentrated lyric in a troubling counterpoint."
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