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Brick Books: The Love List

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Who better to talk about love, in all its forms, than the poets? A list of 14 collections that capture love and all its complexities.

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Banquet of Donny & Ari, The

Banquet of Donny & Ari, The

Scenes from the Opera
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Under the sugar maples of Montreal, family life is given mythic dimensions in this sweeping novella-in-verse.

If Dionysus and Ariadne lived in Montreal in the late twentieth century, would he serve veal stuffed with apples and paté de fois gras? Coach nubile young singers in a performance of L'Orfeo? Would Ariadne's thread be fashioned into tapestries of furious elegy in the face of environmental catastrophe? Would their marriage survive?

Amid a fictional marriage in a state of malaise and a real …

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Careen

Careen

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Remember Bonnie & Clyde? A complex, dramatic rendering of a familiar story made new.

 

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are the stuff of legend - why tell their story again? Chances are you don't know the nuances - their love story and that of their accomplices Buck Barrow and his wife Blanche; their aspirations, conflicts and prayerful natures; and ultimately the sources of their tragedy. At its core, Careen is a long poem spoken by the characters, though the voices are companioned by newspaper a …

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Everything, now

Everything, now

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Poems about being stranded in a truth that shows no mercy, speaking from the last place you'd ever choose to go.

Part lyric, part memoir, Everything, now, Jessica Moore's heart-rending debut, describes an untimely death and the journey of going on alone. The book stares down loss and struggles to transform that loss into language that can pass through boundaries of intricate sorrow; the act of translation here is not about two different languages -- although Moore uses her own translation of Jean …

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Girls with Stone Faces, The

Girls with Stone Faces, The

edition:Paperback

A long poem memorializing the art and lives of sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle.

 

Arleen Paré, in her first book-length poem after her Governor General Literary Award-winning Lake of Two Mountains, 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. In the guise of a curator, Paré takes us on a moving, carefully structured tour through …

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Hymn

Hymn

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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A journey in search of love through the contemporary homoerotic male body.

Improvising on a variety of poetic forms and traversing disparate landscapes — from Belfast to the clear-cuts of Vancouver Island, from the subterranean heat of Jules Verne's Iceland to the ventriloquism of the Alberta Rockies' echoing eastern slopes — John Barton documents the path of the male body in the search for love in an increasingly unstable, supposedly tolerant contemporary world. Hymn, stokes the fires of ho …

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I see my love more clearly from a distance

I see my love more clearly from a distance

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Unromantic poems examining life, love, illness, and death on a ranch on the hard grass prairie. In Nora Gould's one-of-a-kind debut, the Prairie itself is a central character: muse, mythic persona, the place of deepest solace and of deepest questioning. The poems focus with great firmness and technical command on the facts of daily life on the farm: impregnating cows, the neighbour kid picking off a coyote, cutting hay, getting water to the herd in a drought, dehorning. But Prairie anecdotalism …

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Love Outlandish

Love Outlandish

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

A love affair chronicled -- from obsession to heartbreak, foolhardiness to faith.

In Love Outlandish, Barry Dempster undoes all the clichés that have barnacled our love lives and, with the zest and courage typical of his work, explores their torrents and eddies afresh. As in his previous books, Dempster responds to D.H. Lawrence's plea that we should discover and articulate what the heart really wants rather than some idealized version of it. Thoughtful, passionate, full of humour and self-aware …

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Luskville Reductions, The

Luskville Reductions, The

edition:Paperback
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The Luskville Reductions records a year in the life of a small Quebec town and the marriage that disintegrates there. While a book about loss, it is also a book about the state of becoming that coexists with change, the imbalance that for a time makes everything lucid, all the details adding up to much more than only an "us." The visible goes beyond mere facts in these poems, transformed into the deeply seen -- and therefore sacred.

 

The problem with daylilies
is the usual contemporary twaddle: …

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