36 Cornelian Avenue by Christopher Wiseman

In his tenth collection of poetry, 36 Cornelian Avenue (Véhicule Press, May 10 2008), Christopher Wiseman writes about his wartime childhood in England, and revisits the streets, shore, and woods that belonged to the resort town of Scarborough where, his father away fighting, he and his mother lived. In clear, quick-moving colloquial poetry, Wiseman explores [...]

4 poets

    4 poets: Daniela Elza, Peter Morin, Al Rempel, Onjana Yawnghwe The first of Mother Tongue Publishing’s new series titled New BC Poets, 4 poets highlights over a dozen new poems by emerging poets Daniela Elza from Vancouver, Peter Morin from Victoria, Al Rempel from Prince George & Onjana Yawnghwe from Burnaby. 4 poetsalso includes poetry drafts, interviews, author photographs, poetics and [...]

Chatterbox by Sandy Day

  Chatterbox by Sandy Day CreateSpace, 2011 Conceived over the course of a year, these poems and concordance provide an intimate account of what was caught in this poet’s craw her entire life. Chatterbox depicts the shock, denial, sadness, anger, and humour of life’s little losses: divorce, abandonment, infidelity, and faith, subjects handled in a [...]

Drawing Back to Take a Running Jump by Lorne Daniel

Drawing Back to Take a Running Jump Selected Poems by Lorne Daniel Weedmark Publishing (2011) The return of one of Canada’s favourite poets. Drawing Back to Take a Running Jump brings together a selection of the most engaging and compelling poems of Lorne Daniel. These poems are grounded in the landscapes and human interactions of everyday [...]

Higher Ground by Robert Hilles

Higher Ground by Robert Hilles,  published in 2001 by River Books, contains a number of love poems including “Beloved.” Beloved It drizzles all day in Sooke. By the window of our new house I watch the sea take back the rain Your hand on my neck rubs through pain. Last night I turned to you [...]

Hump by Ariel Gordon

Hump, by Winnipeg writer Ariel Gordon, is a mash-up of pregnancy-and-mothering poems and urban/nature/love poems that functions as an anti-sentiment manifesto. Month by month, stanza by stanza, Gordon attempts to adequately represent the wonder and devilment of being-with-child. Hump is a love poem written simultaneously to a father and child, to a lover and the glimmer [...]

One Hundred Butterflies by Peter Levitt

One Hundred Butterflies was originally published by Broken Moon Press in 1992 and immediately became a favourite of Peter Levitt’s followers. It soon went out of print, but after frequent requests for copies, Peter Levitt has reissued a new edition, this one perhaps even more beautiful than the last, with the same haunting effect. The [...]

Partake by Robert Hilles

In his fourteenth book of poetry, Partake, Governor General’s Award winning poet Robert Hilles writes frankly about the death of his younger brother from cancer. He travels to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to grieve and heal and through these poems we see East meeting West. Partake chronicles the power of family and the spiritual journey from [...]

Slow Ascent

72 Virgins A promise is easily broken And yet men die for the promise Of 72 virgins in the afterlife. But they are really dying for The quiet in their heads. We are divided by our God. Ruined by belief Each of us a product of The swollen, bitter earth. It slips through our fingers [...]

The Anatomy of Clay by Gillian Sze

The Anatomy of Clay by Gillian Sze ECW Press (April 2011) About The Anatomy of Clay: Taking off from the Promethean myth of human creation, Gillian Sze’s second poetry collection explores the “anatomy of clay” and the individual as a sentient mystery. At times reflective, instructional, playful, or strange, the first section, Quotidianus, offers observational [...]

A Crack in the Wall by Betty Jane Hegerat

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