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Poetry from Across Canada

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10 poetry collections from 10 writers set in different regions across the country.
Concrete and Wild Carrot

Concrete and Wild Carrot

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Winner of the 2003 Griffin Poetry Prize and of the 2003 CAA Jack Chalmers Poetry Award and Globe 100 book for 2003

In Margaret Avison’s new poems, little pleasures are bound up with larger ones. Her slightest subjects — beloved Toronto parks with their population of oaks, firs, squirrels, dogs, kids, even ants, and the minutest sighs of her contemporary urban soundscape — all have their being within an immense composition that calls and hauls us to a largeness, a category-breaking “always …

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Habitat

Habitat

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In her third collection of poems, Sue Wheeler writes of the ephemeral with an eye trained on the eternal questions. "Who are you?" she asks at the outset of her search for fresh and more telling names for the human in the lush natural landscape of her West Coast island home. The answers she gives us are always surprising.

Understory

To walk out of the field guide
and listen. To wait
for the world to approach with its dapple and hands.
Who are you?
Dreamer On A Short String.
Big Boots Clomping Thr …

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Lost Gospels

Lost Gospels

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In the opening poem of Lost Gospels, Lorri Neilsen Glenn writes of Mahalia Jackson and Blind Willie Johnson:

... they sang, oh yes, they raised light from dark water, dug

diamonds out of the cold, cold ground ... .

In a sense this is what Neilsen Glenn herself achieves in this deeply moving third book: raising light from dark water. Her new collection confronts the deaths of dear friends and family members, returns to her prairie childhood and youth, and engages hard, hard questions of mortality, …

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Perils of Geography, The

Perils of Geography, The

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In her third book of poetry The Perils of Geography, Helen Humphreys charts a world that opens under the prodding and promise of language. With the wit and eye for evocative detail which gained readers for both Gods and Other Mortals and Nuns Looking Anxious, Listening to Radios, Humphreys probes the immediacy of now, the intensity of this, the residue of then. Don't be deceived by the spare appearance; her poems are resonant and full, "all angles and confidence." Light falls slant across them. …

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Rapids, The

Rapids, The

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Poems that navigate the turbulent passages of our lives, returning to them transient joys, persistent sorrows, openings to tenderness.

Urgent and precarious, the poems in The Rapids, Susan Gillis' third collection, take us to places lost and reclaimed: a balcony high over the St. Lawrence River in downtown Montreal, upstream to the Lachine Rapids, and beyond, to landscapes as far apart as Greece and the B.C. coast. In the same way that Hokusai depicted the sacred Mount Fuji from different vantage …

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Souwesto Home

Souwesto Home

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The poems in Souwesto Home are fresh, youthful meditations on such diverse subjects as the Little Lakes near Stratford, Ontario, the flora of Elgin County, the Donnelly feud, lichens, a Department Store Jesus, and so on. The collection ranges widely in tone and technique, from the lyrical to the satirical, from the direct and straightforward to the linguistically playful. As ever, Reaney’s signature voice, his inimitable combination of sophistication and child-like simplicity, may be heard in …

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Spirit Engine

Spirit Engine

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John Donlan's lyric work seeks the connection between lives -- not just the life of a coyote and the life of a man, or the peaceful cacophony of a pond in summer and the life of the human listener -- but between the life before birth, and the life after. He reveals the wilderness to us moment by moment, while simultaneously driving us back into our own nature -- a process readers, lifted by Donlan's imagery, rhythms, and insights, can only experience as pure pleasure. Here beauty is the engine t …

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Torch River

Torch River

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"Beneath these sensually charged images lies a complex interrogation of the paradox of nature." (Quill and Quire)

In this stunning new collection, Elizabeth Philips takes us down into the swirling core of planetary energies, the central mystery of life itself. Sexual love, the wilderness, the births and deaths that connect them, the breathing and the not-breathing that connect birth and death, the interior wilderness of desire and the sensual love of wild things, of trees, earth, water — these …

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