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16 Brick Books for Pride Month

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Brick Books is proud to showcase these books during Pride Month in Canada. | Anthem by Helen Humphreys | Body Rain by J. A. Hamilton | The Girls with Stone Faces by Arleen Pare (coming in September 2017) | Gods and Other Mortals by Helen Humphreys | Going Around with Bachelors by Agnes Walsh | Harm's Way by Maureen Hynes | Hymn by John Barton | Lake of Two Mountains by Arleen Pare | Nuns Looking Anxious, Listening to Radios by Helen Humphreys | Other Houses by Kate Cayley | The Perils of Geography by Helen Humphreys | Steam-Cleaning Love by J.A. Hamilton | Thin Air of the Knowable by Wendy Donawa | Torch River by Elizabeth Philips | Vox Humana by E. Alex Pierce | When This World Comes to an End by Kate Cayley
Anthem

Anthem

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"In Anthem, her fourth collection, Kingston's Helen Humphreys shows us a poem can appear in a civil, relatively unadorned, even unassuming voice, even as its separate elements combine quietly to produce the blue intensity of an acetylene torch." - Ken Babstock
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Body Rain

Body Rain

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We are moved and astonished that a first book of poems can exhibit such vitality and confidence — Event

Hamilton displays an impressive range in style and tone. There are moments of unbearable beauty — Whig Standard
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Girls with Stone Faces, The
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Arleen Paré turns her cool, benevolent eye to the shared lives of Florence Wyle and Frances Loring, two of Canada's greatest artists, whose sculptures she comes face to face with at the National Gallery of Canada.

Although Wyle and Loring were well known during their lifetimes, they have dropped out of common memory. Paré's collection is art loving art, women loving women, words loving shape, poetry loving stone, the curve of jaw, the trajectory of days.
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Gods and Other Mortals
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“We’re asked by the faithful to build temples of waiting.”

Humphreys is a master builder. She lays words like brick, images overlapping to strengthen the concepts (“We have shrunk the day down to this shrivelled echo, this convent of whispers.”)
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Going Around with Bachelors

Going Around with Bachelors

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Listening to Newfoundland actor, playwright and poet Agnes Walsh read from her second book, Going Around with Bachelors, I had the sensation of being transported back to northern Vermont in the early 1960s and hearing my story-telling middle-aged aunt hold court in our kitchen. Walsh is a poet who finds her way forward by documenting her community’s past. She’s tart, wry, self-deprecatory and, at times, welcomingly raffish. - Peter Richardson, Arc
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Harm's Way

Harm's Way

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Maureen Hynes draws upon personal relations and domestic life, but also on travel, geography, myths and charms, dreams, nature. Whatever the subject, it is never just an excuse for a poem; always the speaking voice relays genuine engagement. - Robyn Sarah, Globe and Mail
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Hymn

Hymn

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my favourite moments in his new collection are when he uses his impressive observational prowess to produce exquisite observations on all of the big and small events that make a sexual relationship real. Sections of Hymn find Barton cataloguing the candlelight dinners, the late nights in bed, the flowers, the hotel rooms and then “the echoes voided by your death.” The poems that address this are beautiful and real. - Sean Horlor, Xtra West!
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Lake of Two Mountains
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winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Poetry

“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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