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Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl

By Francine Merasty

"Iskotew Iskwew/Fire Woman" is a poetry collection written during a period of trauma while the author was working as a Counsel to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in 2017. This book is about memories and experience growing up on the Pelican ... Read more

Burning in This Midnight Dream

By Louise B. Halfe - Sky Dancer

A deeply scouring poetic account of the residential school experience, and a deeply important indictment of colonialism in Canada.

 

Many of the poems in Louise Halfe's Burning in This Midnight Dream were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and ... Read more

Tell

By Soraya Peerbaye

A collection of poems partially based on the Reena Virk murder case. Virk was an Asian adolescent whose drowned body was found in the Gorge Waterway in a Victoria, BC suburb, in 1997. Some of the poems use found material from court transcripts. The murder made international ... Read more

First

By Arleen Paré

Governor General's Award-winning poet Arleen Paré combines the story of two first best friends with questions of the mystery of cosmic first cause.

 

The poems in First, Arleen Paré's seventh collection, search for a long-lost first friend. They conjure the subtle layers ... Read more

Through the Waspmouth I Drew You

By Nicola Vulpe

Marrying the precise yet nuanced language of his earlier work with new, invented vocabularies and usages, Nicola Vulpe draws deep into the origins of language to confront what it means to write poetry or attempt any artistic endeavour, or, indeed, continue in a world where so ... 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

Not in Vain You've Sent Me Light

By Cora Siré

This collection vaults from the provocative – a deeply personal exposé of two lovers and their collisions and triumphs – into a high-voltage gallery depicting heroes and artists, scientists and politicians, mothers and their conflicted daughters. As the settings shift between ... Read more

Ex Nihilo

By J. R. Léveillé & E. D. Blodgett

A bilingual collection of renga poetry by two of Canada's most celebrated poets in English and in French, each writing in his respective language in response to the other. A project of discourse itself, shared in dialogue between two poets, as they explore Novalis' definition ... Read more

Cattail Skylines

By Joanne Epp

In her second poetry collection, Joanne Epp ventures from open prairie roads into little creek beds, down onto the warm earth of strawberry patches and far afield to the busy markets of Cambodia to examine the intimate ways we come to know and experience place. With vivid detail ... Read more

Duct-Taped Roses

By Billeh Nickerson

As a pilot, Billeh Nickerson’s father would duct-tape his bush planes to keep them flying. In this gentle, warm meditation, the award-winning poet questions what can be repaired, and what—inevitably—is lost to time.

From the bush pilot duct-taping parts to keep his plane ... Read more