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Alphabet of Desire

By Ken Norris

Alphabet of Desire, Ken Norris's sixteenth book of poetry, brings together two remarkable poetic sequences. 'The Ascent of Spring' is a haunting meditation on creativity and renewal. The title sequence, consisting of thirty-nine prose poems, covers everything from Aspects of ... Read more

Alphabet of the Traveler, The

By Corrado Paina

In The Alphabet of the Traveler, Corrado Paina has crafted an alphabetical meditation on the motives and concerns of an anonymous traveler who seeks to escape the bonds of time and determination. It is a book for anyone who has ever gone to a foreign country and experienced ... Read more


By George Payerle

Alterations is a book of arrival at beginnings. When George Payerle finally escaped city life, he returned to the coast into which he had been born when Vancouver was a much smaller town — a coast where the mountains fall into the sea as waves of rainforest. This is a coast ... Read more

Always Die Before Your Mother

By Patrick Woodcock


Like an embedded journalist, Patrick Woodcock writes his poetry from the front lines of experience.

From cities reeling from the trauma of siege warfare to the stifling heat and politics of the Arabian Peninsula to the darkest corners of the South American rain forest, Woodcock's ... Read more

Amateurs at Love

By Patricia Young

Love is a boxcar going off the rails. For anyone who has experienced the highs and lows of love and wants to know they are not alone.

Patricia Young's new collection confirms her status as one of Canada's great and most versatile contemporary poets. In Amateurs at Love, she ... Read more

American Standard/Canada Dry

By Stephen Cain

With Canada/US relations in the proverbial toilet (American Standard, of course), Stephen Cain’s third book blenderizes ‘pop’ culture, politics and poetry to befuddle the border.

From the Howl-like opening rant about the militarism of the US to the satirical ‘History ... Read more

Amuse Bouche

By Adeena Karasick

Adeena Karasick’s startling and arresting work constantly de-contextualizes and re-contextualizes language: its signs, signifiers, images, ideograms, pictograms, lexicography and syntax. In doing so, it leads us into the subliminal, where it foregrounds memories, associations, ... Read more

An English Canadian Poetics

Edited by Robert Hogg
Introduction by D.M.R. Bentley

This collection of 37 essays by Canada’s Confederation Poets is the first in a series of volumes intended to collect all the significant essays on poetic theory written in English by Canadian poets from the late nineteenth century to the first decades of the twenty-first. ... Read more

An Explosion of Feathers

By Conor Kerr

This poetry collection is a unique take on an urban, contemporary Métis life. The poems have a narrative element that connects back to land, place, and the traditional and modern territories that a family finds themselves living on. Based on oral storytelling traditions, many ... Read more

An Oak Hunch

By Phil Hall

The title of An Oak Hunch comes from one of the sequences in this five-sequence book of poems: Phil Hall's homage to a poetic mentor, Al Purdy. Its subtitle is "Essay on Purdy," and these highly original, highly personal takes on the poetry and the life of Al Purdy "essay" in ... Read more