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RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD 2018 LONGLIST

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This Wound is a World

This Wound is a World

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tagged : lgbt

This Wound is a World slip-slides between poetry and essay to get at the shaky tempos of Indigenous life in a world bent on destroying it. It zeroes in on the world-shaking force of sex and love – when ‘we disappear into each other’ – to figure out how we are able to shoulder sadness like ours and still get through the day. Queer in form and content, This Wound is a World slows down the turbulent colonial present to scavenge for something of an exit route.

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Late Style

Late Style

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian, death

"Struggling with ill-health, one thing I have found myself looking forward to is my morning writing hours, writing with as much excitement and wonder as ever. Poetry is both a faith and a physical need. Even a death sentence wants to be shapely, clear-headed and full of beauty. I'd heard stories of writers who didn't live long enough to finish a project. I thought to myself, All you have to do is keep up with the moment, one more letter, one more strand of music, one more line overflowing into t …

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Thin Air of the Knowable

Thin Air of the Knowable

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An elegiac and incisive debut that blends poems of social justice with poems of ordinary life.

 

In her first collection, Thin Air of the Knowable, the physical landscapes of Wendy Donawa's life--West Coast, Caribbean, prairies--ground many of her poems and often reflect the inner geography of her preoccupations. A road-trip poem moves from prairie winter, "an icy scatter of gravel / the moving centre of this unpeopled world," past a cattle liner on its way to the slaughter house, but it also pa …

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The Better Monsters

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tagged : canadian

If a book can be a mirror, The Better Monsters reflects what we see in ourselves and in each other. Replete with compelling protagonists and cross-referencing multiple identities, Puneet Dutt's poems masterfully negotiate the cultural complexities of politics, violence, and war in the new century, and explore the lingering effect of racism and the ideas of borders, belonging, and home in North America and beyond. Honest, disarming, and brimming with the harrowing experiences and emotions of the …

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Cloud Physics

Cloud Physics

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In her third collection of poetry, Karen Enns ranges over endings of many kinds: cultural, ecological, and personal. But the poems are also replete with affirmations of love, of music and language, and of our rootedness in place and history. Enns describes our predicament with startling and surreal precision, yet also with tenderness and compassion. Her work is unusually wise in the ways of innocence as well as grief.

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Slow War

Slow War

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tagged : canadian

Benjamin Hertwig’s debut collection of poetry, Slow War, is at once an account of contemporary warfare and a personal journey of loss and the search for healing. It stands in the tradition of Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” and Kevin Powers’s “Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting.”

A century after the First World War, Hertwig presents both the personal cost of war in poems such as “Somewhere in Flanders/Afghanistan” and “Food Habits of Coyotes, as Determined by …

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Trailer Park Elegy

Trailer Park Elegy

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In response to her brother's sudden death, Cornelia Hoogland explores the shift in gravity his dramatic absence creates. Set on the Salish Sea on Vancouver Island's east coast, Trailer Park Elegy reaches back two thousand years to the First Peoples, as well as to the brother whose delight was summers spent at Deep Bay.

 

Hoogland looks to her child-experiences of death, as well as to literature, chaos theory, dark matter, geological time and the effect of noise pollution on whales. She turns grie …

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Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes

Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes

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Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes, the new collection of poetry from Giller Prize-longlisted writer Jennifer LoveGrove, attempts to make sense of a difficult and unsettling world, where one need not look much further than their own communities to witness acts of trauma and absurdity.

Here, we're haunted by the ghosts of alienation, trauma, delusion, and fear that the past decade has instilled in us, and bear witness to moments of extreme crisis--in emotional breakdowns, the failures of the mental …

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