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Celebrated Poetry from Atlantic Canada

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Explore these nine award-winning and nominated collections from the east coast.
Bite Down Little Whisper

Bite Down Little Whisper

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From a master poet, meditative lines running like veins through the dark grace of being alive.

Governor General's Award-winning poet Don Domanski's new collection, Bite Down Little Whisper, delves into the interconnectedness of all life with spiritual gravitas and powerful mindfulness. These are poems brimming with mythological and scientific energies, with a multi-dimensionality that opens itself to both complexity and clarity. Domanski shows us seams and fastenings that unite our longings with …

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All Our Wonder Unavenged

All Our Wonder Unavenged

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A poet of osmosis explores the implicit relationship between matter and spirit, the interconnectedness of the universe.

In his first full-length collection since 1998's Parish of the Physic Moon, Don Domanski writes with clarity of vision. He is a poet of the holiness of subtleties, a master of mindfulness and being. His writing is a form of osmosis, spirit seeping through the details of each poem, creating a marvel of metaphysics and language distilled to purest energy. Living in the moment here …

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All the Names Between

All the Names Between

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Poems that form an eloquent, searching contemplation of "the warp and weft of being and nonbeing."

All the Names Between is Nova Scotia poet Julia McCarthy's meditative and crackling-with-dark-energy third collection. From her observation of "long-horned beetles... rearranging the landscape" to an apperception of "part of me /...seeded by dust / of meteors and asteroids," McCarthy makes palpable, in richly layered imagery and with attentiveness that unfolds stillness, the "Singing Emptiness" t …

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Breaker

Breaker

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The essence, the quintessence, of lyric poetry.

Sue Sinclair is the director inheritor of the great early 20th Century German poet, Rilke: she possesses intense lyrical vision, steeped in wonder at the existence of the world, and a kind of grief at our inability to lose ourselves in it completely. Her perception is acutely focused and rigorous; and she is acutely self-aware. She is not afraid of words like "beauty" or "being," yet, because of the intensity of her vision, she never uses them as cl …

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In Cannon Cave

In Cannon Cave

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Like their namesake, the poems of In Cannon Cave are acoustic chambers, gourds in which experience resonates. Here is a voice singing to existence, longingly, caressingly, not to typify or capture it, but to give it dwell, the audible afterlife of language. These poems venture far beyond the comforts of romanticism to find a new compassion.

When night comes, something speaks
from that soft, fragrant wilderness.
It says, the heart is not a door. But it opens.
We feel in the dark for the hinge. …

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Mortal Arguments

Mortal Arguments

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p>Mortal Arguments is Sue Sinclair's second poetry collection. In it, she continues her extraordinary phenomenological investigation of lived experience, addressing with increasing urgency issues of profound philosophical and political importance such as consumerism, privilege, and our ability to respond to the suffering of others. Her voice combines great metaphorical brilliance with the depth one expects of a much older writer. Her poems will remind readers by turns of Rilke and Heine: urgent, …

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outskirts

outskirts

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A powerful diptych juxtaposing our rootedness in family love with a report from the precipice of planetary disintegration.

Sue Goyette's outskirts is a tour de force. Its originality lies in Goyette's refusal of despair, her conviction that the connections among people, their conversation, curiosity, empathy and awe, can help us see a way forward. Her aim is to find energy in human love, a way to walk the darkness rather than hide from it. This book will name you, and frighten you; make you laugh …

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Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths

Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths

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Chekhov's work and life fuse with a daughter's caring for her dying mother in this powerful debut.

Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths is a book-length series of poems written from the perspective of a daughter who reads Chekhov obsessively while spending a spring and summer caring for her mother, who is dying from pulmonary fibrosis. Through the prism of the relationships in Chekhov's work and life emerges an honest, intimate, and even occasionally humorous portrayal of the energy we put into each othe …

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