CBC Books' 22 debut poetry collections for NPM

CBC Books' 22 debut poetry collections for NPM
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CBC Books selected 22 Canadian debut poetry collections for National Poetry Month 2022. You can shop their picks right here. View books in this list

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Dream of No One but Myself

By David Bradford

2022 Griffin Poetry Prize Finalist * 2022 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Shortlist

An expansive, hybrid, debut collection of prose poems, self-erasures, verse, and family photo cut-ups about growing up in a racially trinary, diversely troubled family.

Dream of No One but Myself ... Read more

[Squelch Procedures]

By MLA Chernoff

In [SQUELCH PROCEDURES], MLA Chernoff contemplates the ways that trauma, poverty, and strict gender norms rupture the concept of childhood. The tension of multiple meanings in the word "squelch" acts as a guide to Chernoff's unique voice, which uses language to swaddle intrusive ... Read more

Danger Flower

By Jaclyn Desforges

A baby transforms into a reverse mermaid in a baptism gone wrong. After being stepped on, a snail exacts revenge. In Danger Flower, Jaclyn Desforges leads enlightened witnesses through a wild garden where archetypal tales are treated with tongue-in-cheek irreverence. Amidst ... Read more

Harbour Grids

By Zane Koss

A visually and lyrically beautiful debut that celebrates the landscapes we take for granted.

Harbour Grids is a long poem in four parts that investigates ideas of community and belonging. Beginning as a meditation on the surface of New York Harbor, the poem radiates outward through ... Read more

The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak

By Grace Lau

The poems in The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak explore the many identities, both visible and invisible, that a body contains. With influences from pop culture, the Bible, tech, and Hong-Kongese history, these pieces reflect and reveal how the stories of immigrants in ... Read more

Hsin

By Nanci Lee

Nanci Lee's debut explores 4th Century Su Hui's palindrome of longing. Hsin arises from an ancient Chinese ethical philosophy, less a set of moral standards than an appeal to tune.

Heart-mind and nothingness are fair English translations of Hsin, but their tidiness risks losing ... Read more

Occasionally Petty

By Michelle Lietz

Like lyrics from a rock and roll album, this debut collection of poetry unfolds page-by-page to reveal a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Michelle Lietz grew up listening to the songs of Tom Petty. When the news of his passing was announced, the poet felt a piece ... Read more

Allodynia

By Nisa Malli

Rooted in the indescribability and disembodiment of pain, Nisa Malli’s Allodynia looks outward to space and the future of humankind, as well as inward to the body. In “Pain Log”, a suite of body-horror poems, she explores illness as a haunting or possession: “At home, my ... Read more

Me, You, Then Snow

By Khashayar Mohammadi

Me, You, Then Snow by Khashayar Mohammadi is a collection of poetry woven from dreams, memories and deep-seeded longing, a collection of poetry that ranges from ambiguously addressed love-letters, to ekphrastic poems for arthouse cinema, to pieces written near midnight when the ... Read more

Land of the Rock

By Heather Nolan

A poetic exploration of place and belonging, a quest that takes the speaker across the ocean in search of identity and origin.

The speaker in the poems that form Land of the Rock: Talamh an Carraig travels through Newfoundland and Ireland looking for meaning in words, places, ... Read more