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New Brunswick Poetry Focus

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A lot of Canadian poets come from New Brunswick way, or have gone there. This list celebrates a province rich with poetry.
Alongside

Alongside

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian, poetry

 

Anne Compton's fourth collection, Alongside, tells an unexpected love story, a celebration of beauty which begins in the mind and wanders out into the garden and back again through the library. It is a story that moves between the wild and the domestic. Beauty, like the figure of the fox that appears and re-appears here, is joyous and elusive, glimpsed and gone. Every poem in the book is a conversation, with other writers, with lovers, with books, and an Island past. A conversation about the wa …

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The Authority of Roses

The Authority of Roses

edition:eBook
tagged : canadian

No postmodern gimmickry, no tricks except all the old ones that every good poet must learn: these lucid, evocative poems put the reader so clearly in the picture that you taste the blackberries of your childhood, shiver at the chill of rainwater down your neck in a western forest, or rake the dust from your hair as you trudge home from the Trojan War. Ross Leckie can capture the fleeting moments when we fully enter the world and believe we belong.

At this low point in our country's cultural histo …

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Histories Haunt Us

Histories Haunt Us

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

In Triny Finlay's second collection of poetry, she asks what it means to let in the ghosts of the past. Will memories loosen the frame of a life? Will subtle fears take over? Finlay plumbs the depths of family life as she negotiates the territories of ancestry, love, and new motherhood: a great-grandmother who went to bed for seventeen years; a lover caught with somebody else; a son's critical illness -- things that "encroach, they devastate, so that you must decide: you are an anchor or you are …

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Hard Ass

Hard Ass

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Hard Ass is a daring and bold collection of poetry, filled with passion and anger. McCartney skillfully hones her craft, yet the poet's confessional voice feels raw and honest as if she merely purged her words onto the page. Using weightlifting as a metaphor to explore the poet's inner world and her romantic attachments, McCartney both reinforces and undermines the transcendence of love.

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The Witch of the Inner Wood

The Witch of the Inner Wood

Collected Long Poems
edition:eBook

Winner, New Brunswick Book Award for Poetry
A Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year

Like the novella in fiction, the long poem is an oft-neglected form. Too long for publication in most literary journals and anthologies, too short to merit book-length publication, the long poem occupies a lonely space in literature. M. Travis Lane is a master of the form, in which her considerable poetic skills reach their apex. There are few that match her brilliance. This volume collects all of her long works — …

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Museum Absconditum

Museum Absconditum

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Time, memory, love and death weave through this intricate and mesmerizing collection of poetry. In this book, Robert Moore has created a museum of stories, people and ideas “some real, some imagined “that captivate the reader. From Joan of Arc, to Rapunzel, to his father, Moore draws ideas and images out of the darkness, making them new and strange, using them to create a rich, shadowy tapestry of verse.

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Jane Again

Jane Again

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

In his sixties, Yeats published the half-dozen poems that drew Crazy Jane out from his imagination to act as a profane voice against the strictures of the Church and the mores of his age. Wayne Clifford, in his sixties, after a lifetime of wondering why Yeats offered so little explanation of Jane's human presence absorb his own imagination, has let Jane free to speak once more. In JANE AGAIN, we learn why Jane is crazy, if indeed she is, what part her Jack has played in her passion, howshe under …

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Maunder

Maunder

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Maundering is a both a physical and verbal process. One can walk in a maundering, aimless fashion and one can verbosely maunder on. Claire Kelly's debut collection, Maunder, contains poems about the physical act of walking and the mental act, what is seen and what is reflected on. These poems allow the reader to do their own idle walk across the page, stepping from image to image, place to place, striding, pivoting in different, unexpected directions.

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