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  • A Broken Bowl
    Author:
    Friesen, Patrick
    Summary:

    Shortlisted for the 1997 Governor General’s Award for Poetry

    Set firmly at the end of the millennium, A Broken Bowl takes on the burden of history, with its heaped atrocities, its unimaginable sufferings. This long poem...

  • A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth
    Author:
    Bolster, Stephanie
    Summary:

    Shortlisted for the 2012 Pat Lowther Memorial Award

    An ambivalent zoo-tour, an open-eyed meander through a landscape of made and contained things. 

    A Page from The Wonders of Life on Earth is a book with a...

  • A Possible Landscape
    Author:
    Harris, Maureen
    Summary:

    Maureen Harris’s first volume of poetry evokes “a possible landscape,” where the stories that subtly shape us blend with the moments that we are. Here is an Eden where Eve longs for the serpent’s “green quiver,” his “sibilant caress,”...

  • A Really Good Brown Girl
    Author:
    Dumont, Marilyn, Maracle, Lee
    Summary:

    On the occasion of the press’s 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the fourth of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of A Really Good Brown Girl features a new Introduction by...

  • A Season of Mourning
    Author:
    Itani, Frances
    Summary:

    Frances Itani’s third book of poetry consists of two deeply moving elegiac sequences commemorating the deaths of a sister and friend. In chaste and determinedly unsentimental language, Itani takes us through the crises all must face,...

  • A Sudden Sky Selected Poems
    Author:
    Gernes, Ulrikka S., Friesen, Patrick
    Summary:

    A Sudden Sky is a book of northern poems with crystalline images and lines, fragile graceful poems that speak of fragments, of the moment between open and closed eyes, of the human need for embrace. These poems note the spaces...

  • A walker in the city
    Author:
    Cook, Méira
    Summary:

    Shortlisted for the 2012 Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry

    A fascinating, ambling, loitering mystery story in verse, a whoizzit rather than a whodunit.

    In this innovative and arresting narrative poem, Méira Cook’s walker, a...

  • Abraham
    Author:
    Browne, Colin
    Summary:

    In these passionate poems, this long poem, there is a story (there are stories) which a reader mines out of a landscape of language moulded under great pressure and eloquent of the stresses that formed it. This is non-representational...

  • Adult Language Warning
    Author:
    Robertson, William
    Summary:

    At the time of writing this book, William Robertson was a homemaker. His poems bring a new passion to the ancient domestic scene, and to everything else he looks at out of that often-turbulent centre. He ventures with care "into a...

  • Afloat
    Author:
    Reibetanz, John
    Summary:

    A masterful poet extends his range, bringing both his agile intelligence and musical acuity into play.

    Afloat, John Reibetanz’s eighth collection of poetry, focuses on water in many manifestations. The centerpiece, a...

  • Alien, Correspondent
    Author:
    Di Nardo, Antony
    Summary:

    These astute, generous poems give us contemporary Beirut in all its ravaged and incongruent beauty.

    This arresting first collection is, in part, a delicately balanced look at Beirut from the perspective of a Westerner who lives...

  • All the Names Between
    Author:
    McCarthy, Julie
    Summary:

    Winner of the 2018 J.M. Abraham Poetry Award;
    Finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Poetry

    Poems that form an eloquent, searching contemplation of
    “the warp and weft of being and nonbeing”

    ...

  • Angel and the Bear
    Author:
    Charlton, Brian
    Summary:

    A pinball wizard stars in this urban romance, set where the blues meet jazz in London, Ontario's historic York Hotel.

  • Anthem
    Author:
    Humphreys, Helen
    Summary:

    Winner of the 2000 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and shortlisted for the 2000 Pat Lowther Award and the 2001 Milton Acorn Memorial People’s Poetry Prize

    Physical and fiercely lyric, Helen Humphreys' Anthem...

  • Appetite
    Author:
    Anderson, Mia
    Summary:

    Verve, energy, wit, piquance and pure linguistic excitement: Mia Anderson's poetry is a whole cookbook of poetic experiences. Anderson is always ready to take big risks, and her work shows her love of life in its manyness and accident,...

  • Après Satie For Two and Four Hands
    Author:
    Steadman, Dean
    Summary:

    Shortlisted for the 2017 Archibald Lampman Award and the Raymond Souster Award

    Poems that echo Satie’s haunting music and refract the ironies of the Parisian Dada movement

    A man who might be Erik Satie floats, à la...

  • Astatine
    Author:
    Kenyon, Michael
    Summary:

    An award-winning writer conjures the Muse and the “noble gases” in this elemental and incandescent new collection.

    Astatine is an Italian girl, who like Dante’s Beatrice, haunts the narrator of Michael Kenyon’s incandescent...

  • Auguries
    Author:
    Roberts, Clea
    Summary:

    Poems like single larches, each in an immense white plain—spare
    and clean, their exactness startling and arresting

    Whether speaking of erotic love, domestic life, spiritual wilderness, or family entanglements, the poems of...

  • Autodidactic
    Author:
    Kerr, Don
    Summary:

    Shortlisted for the 1998 Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry

    Don Kerr's fifth poetry collection is a verbal joyride, an exuberant celebration of a book: a celebration of mountains and plains, of growing up and of being young, of...

  • Bearings
    Author:
    Batchelor, Rhonda
    Summary:

    The poems in Bearings are arranged in the stressful rhythm of alternation between the intense states of being in love and/or with someone or being alone. Loss refines the vision. For Rhonda Batchelor's poetry that means a gain...

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