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2019 League of Canadian Poets Awards Shortlists

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The League of Canadian Poets is excited to announce the 2019 Book Awards Shortlists, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award. Winners will be announced on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, at a special awards ceremony to be held during the League of Canadian Poets’ Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting. The winner of the 2019 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word will also be announced. Visit poets.ca/awards for complete information.
Ekke

Ekke

edition:Paperback

Winner: 2019 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Finalist: 2019 Gerald Lampert Award

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Quarry

Quarry

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian, places, lgbt

Spaces are not exterior to bodies. They influence and affect the way bodies exist in the world. A quarry is an unnatural place within a natural territory. At any moment, it can be abandoned. A body is not separate from the spaces it inhabits. They exist together, in a mutual state of interrelation and instability.

Quarry relays a year in the life of a body in transition as it changes with other bodies; human, animal, and mineral. It examines queer social spaces and contested natural spaces, aski …

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Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit

Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit

edition:Paperback
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Oneiric, fabulist, hilarious, surreal. No single term seems to sufficiently contain Mikko Harvey’s delightful, cheeky, absurdist, inimitable debut collection. A bomb and a raindrop make small talk as they fall through the air; a trip to the phlebotomist evolves into a nightmarish party; a boy finds himself turning into a piano key. Reading Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit is like spending the day at the strangest amusement park you've ever seen. At first the rides appear familiar, then you realiz …

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY

The bomb and the raindrop overlap briefly.
Nice night, says the drop.
Where you headed? says the bomb.
Don't know, says the drop.
Well goodbye, says the bomb.
The bomb thinks, I am too heavy to make friends. Then he touches
the mudbrick building.
Shortly after, landing in debris, the drop thinks, O.

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Dividing the Wayside

Dividing the Wayside

edition:Paperback

Winner: 2019 Archibald Lampman Award. Finalist: 2019 Gerald Lampert Award

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Obits.

Obits.

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : women authors

Can poems mourn the unmourned? In Obits. a speaker tries and fails to write obituaries for those whose memorials are missing, those who are represented only as statistics. She considers victims of mass deaths, fictional characters, and her own aunt, asking what does it mean to be an 'I' mourning a 'you' when both have been othered? Centring vulnerability, the various answers to this question pass through trauma, depression, and the experience of being a mixed-race queer woman.

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Port of Being

Port of Being

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : canadian

The poems in Port of Being hold modern technology—surveillance, shipping, the Internet—to examine communication, migration, and identity. Preoccupied with the city, virtuality, reflexivity, and the ways we watch ourselves, Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s debut collection hums with wonder as it probes the human and non-human actors in our mouths and bodies, above and underneath the water, in the satellites and fibre optic cables that surround us all.

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Listen Before Transmit

Listen Before Transmit

edition:Paperback

Dani Couture's latest poems are transmissions that travel across the cosmos, the spaces we live in, as well as within the more intimate distances we navigate between one another. Distances we hope to bridge with contact, often to profound or disastrous effects. With language rooted in science, sociology, memoir and aesthetics, she questions the limits of our bodies, both human and celestial. Like the subtle cues we lend one another and the hopeful messages we send into deep space, these poems br …

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East and West

East and West

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian, places

East and West, Laura Ritland's astonishing debut, is a book of visions. These are roving poems drawn to defamiliarizing points of view, and are exquisitely attentive to the way the world exceeds our senses ("Cloud deduced cloud / after cloud and cloud.") Beckoningly tender, lucid and intelligent, elegaic without being maudlin, East and West explores the thresholds--or "middle ground"--of childhood and family, diaspora and migration, and how new cultural ideas can disrupt traditional perspectives …

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