2017 Poetry Award Nominees

2017 Poetry Award Nominees
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We're so proud of our nominees of the 2017 Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, and the Raymond Souster Award, awarded by the League of Canadian Poets. Get your poetry on with this list below. View books in this list

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Assdeep In Wonder

By Christopher Gudgeon

Assdeep in Wonder is a collection of new poems that explore the idea of identity in a myriad of contexts: personal, sexual, cultural, national, literary, and poetic. The poems are raw and immediate, exploring themes of addiction, sexuality, loss, love, and wonder in equal measures. ... Read more

The Back Channels

By Jennifer Houle

Jennifer Houle's debut collection, The Back Channels, reflects the effort to build a meaningful life in a rapidly changing culture, in a region afflicted, as many are, with outmigration and an economy of anxiety and hard choices. Here, where memories of a more prosperous past ... Read more


By John Nyman

Finalist: 2017 Gerald Lampert Award

Songs of Exile

By Bänoo Zan

The poems, arranged chronologically, give an impressionistic account of the poet as an immigrant, in quest of her inner voice and her core self, in the new land. They reveal intense isolation, despite engagement with the so-called political, religious, and cultural disparities ... Read more

Lady Crawford

By Julie Cameron Gray

Finalist: 2017 Gerald Lampert Award

Let The Empire Down

By Alexandra Oliver

Alexandra Oliver takes us on a journey of escape from the suburbs of North America to Glasgow, Scotland. Training her eye on the locals?on the streets, by rivers, in museums, in playgrounds, in their own homes, in the ill-starred town of Lockerbie?Oliver reflects on issues of ... Read more

Description of the World, The

By Johanna Skibsrud

Winner of the 2017 Canadian Authors Award for Poetry

Finalist for the 2017 Pat Lowther Memorial Award

The Description of the World was the original title for Marco Polo's writings about his travels, but in describing the world, Polo also helped to create it. In this collection, ... Read more

Disturbing the Buddha

By Barry Dempster

A beloved poet explores why life is so rich, even at the worst of times.

Disturbing the Buddha, Barry Dempster?s fifteenth collection, is disarmingly conversational and, like the best conversations, it moves between reverence and irreverence, sincerity and irony as it grapples ... Read more

Serpentine Loop

By Elee Kraljii Gardiner

"Writers, like skaters, score the blank sheet and test the edge of inclusion and exclusion.  Most of these poems begin with a word from skating and push off to another topic. Others revisit ideas of femininity, control and language as pattern, or visit the past through movement, ... Read more