ALU Springback: Poetry

ALU Springback: Poetry
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We're not ready to "fall back" just yet, so we're springing back instead and revisiting some rad poetry from spring 2020. Buy any of the books in the list below and you'll automatically be entered into a random draw to win a $25 All Lit Up gift card! Offer ends Oct 31. View books in this list

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By Julie Joosten

Nought, a new collection of lyric poetry from Governor General's Literary Award finalist Julie Joosten, explores the intersections of body, identity, and love. These poems, in all their passions, inhabit the unfastened "and" of capacious loves and allegiances, refusing to choose ... Read more


By Yusuf Saadi

Pluviophile is a poetic rumination on where language originates and what value it retains to unearth the sacred in postmodernity, among other subjects. The opening poem, “The Place Where Words Go to Die,” winner of the Malahat Review’s 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award, imagines ... Read more

Body Count

By Kyla Jamieson

In this vital début, Kyla Jamieson sifts through the raw material of her life before and after a disabling concussion in search of new understandings of self and worth. Energized by the tensions between embodiment and dissociation, Body Count flickers between Vancouver and New ... Read more

Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation

By Curtis LeBlanc

Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation explores the experience and greater social implications of mental illness, specifically OCD and Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder. It asks the questions: How does anxiety inform both how we act and how we interpret those actions ... Read more

Walking on the Beaches of Temporal Candy

By Christian McPherson

Over the course of a lifetime, we all experience catch-of-breath moments that stir exquisite awareness of life's transience. Such fleeting moments we share with poet Christian McPherson and his space-suited avatar negotiating bumpy terrain. In this collection the meandering, ... Read more


By Ariel Gordon
Illustrated by Natalie Baird

During the heatwave of July 2017, Ariel Gordon spent two days sitting on the patio of downtown Winnipeg's Tallest Poppy, writing snippets of poems which she hung from the boulevard tree using paper and string. Passersby were invited to TreeTalk too -- their secrets / one-liners ... Read more

The Muse Sings

By Dennis Cooley

The Muse Sings and the poet sings songs of love and longing from states of joy, self-doubt, vexation, curiosity, affection, observation, mock-indignation. .. The poems speak for themselves and sometimes "they talk all at once. " In seductive acts of language itself, they invoke ... Read more

We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite

By Conyer Clayton

In her debut collection of poetry, Conyer Clayton hovers in the ether, grasping wildly for a fleeting sense of certitude. Through experiences with addiction and co-dependence, sex and art, nature and death, she grapples for transcendence while exploring what it means to disengage. ... Read more


By Elana Wolff

The poems in Swoon speak to the steady wending of a life's thematic drama: the falling / rising permutations across biographical phases. Indications are filtered through relationship, encounter, art, the natural world, and dream. Associations coalesce in a rhythmic clocking of ... Read more

Response of Weeds, The

By Bertrand Bickersteth

Bertrand Bickersteth's debut poetry collection explores what it means to be black and Albertan through a variety of prisms: historical, biographical, and essentially, geographical. The Response of Weeds offers a much-needed window on often overlooked contributions to the province's ... Read more