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Summer 2017 Reading from Brick Books

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We’re guessing that when you think “beach reading,” poetry isn’t usually the first thing that springs to mind. This is a list of Brick Books titles to prove you wrong: novel-like, narrative-driven book-length poems to lose yourself in this summer, from Canada’s only press that specializes in publishing poetry books. | The Banquet of Donny & Ari by Naomi Guttman | Careen by Carolyn Smart | Everything, now by Jessica Moore | Girlwood by Jennifer Still | The Grey Islands by John Steffler | Hard Light by Michael Crummey | I see my love more clearly from a distance by Nora Gould | Lake of Two Mountains by Arleen Pare | The Luskville Reductions by Monty Reid | Pale as Real Ladies: Poems for Pauline Johnson by Joan Crate | A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont | Riffs by Dennis Lee | Tell Them It Was Mozart by Angeline Schellenberg | Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths by Susan Paddon
Banquet of Donny & Ari, The

Banquet of Donny & Ari, The

Scenes from the Opera
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Relax with this interesting take on a modern-day Dionysus and Ariadne living in Montreal. Food, sex, sensuality, opera, environmental catastrophe, and marital tension—what more could you want in a summer read?
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Careen

Careen

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Carolyn Smart’s latest book is at once a “careening” page-turner tracing the escapades of Bonnie and Clyde and their accomplices and foes, and a nuanced new look at the poignant particulars, the contradictions, and the class subtext of their familiar tale. A richly detailed book to be swept away by.
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Everything, now
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Blending poetry and memoir, Jessica Moore gives us a slow, shiveringly sensitive portrait of a young woman grappling with deep grief in the wake of her lover’s death in a tragic bicycle accident. Find a quiet tree-shaded spot—preferably where you can feel the wind—to read this book; these poems require the space and silence and gentle attention that grief requires and, like grief, they reward such attention with hard-won wisdom and an intensified appreciation of being alive.
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Girlwood

Girlwood

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Remember being a teenager? Remember being a teenager in the summer? Vivid, visceral, and almost visciously honest, Girlwood is a tour through the fraught borderlands between girlhood and maturity, mother and daughter, longing and repulsion. As Daphne Marlatt said of the book, “These poems track the wilderness of adolescence back to ‘that point where you have nothing// but a moving edge.’”
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Grey Islands, The

Grey Islands, The

Brick Books Classics 2
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For some of us, summer is the search for solitary moments in remote places. Pathways and channels to new nooks and crags in the great expanses open up. Some choose go to the furthest reaches, never exactly to places where none have been before, but to places where only a few have been before. There are traces around the campfire, rusted tools in the abandoned shed: “Things Carm ate and didn’t eat, turned to worms. A kind of organic shadow of the man.” The Grey Islands is such a shadow.
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I see my love more clearly from a distance
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Nora Gould’s exquisitely observed debut is a book of linked poems with the sweep of Dr. Zhivago: passion, tragedy, failure, marriage, family, a generational connection to the land. The setting is an Alberta ranch, but prairie anecdotalism this ain’t. Sink into the by turns harsh and tender world that Gould so subtly conjures.
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Lake of Two Mountains
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Arleen Paré’s Governor General’s Award–winning book-length poem is a love letter to—and multifaceted ventriloquism on behalf of—the lake where she spent her childhood summers. If you’ve ever loved a lake, this book is for you. As Patrick Lane said of Paré, “Read her and then in deep quiet read her again.”
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Luskville Reductions, The
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A book for anyone stumbling out into the first warm days, a little bit blind from sun, cataloguing the to–do lists of home and heart, and perhaps thinking something like, “The repair of the world / is endless.” Here is some sweet heartache to help procrastinate. Spend an evening reading it among the porch moths, your banjo and your drink of choice near at hand, “[l]ux of mid-summer / everything lamped and on / surplus and everywhere.”
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