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[Sharps]

By Stevie Howell

Shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

Emergencies, faith, truancy, and poverty intersect in this wry debut that volunteers a transfusion of the unpredictable for those who yearn to transition beyond a muralized Olive Garden world.

Stevie Howell's [Sharps] takes its ... Read more

A Dark Boat

By Patrick Friesen

'A Dark Boat', a new collection of poetry by Patrick Friesen, is heavily influenced by 'cante jondo' (Spanish "deep song", or flamenco) and 'fado' (Portuguese songs of longing). Friesen approaches music as a method of weaving his poems with both Spanish and Portuguese aspects ... Read more

A Haunting Sun

By Brenda Schmidt

These elegant lyrical poems are inspired by the fictional character of Flin Flon in J.E. Preston Muddock’s 1905 novel The Sunless City, and the beautiful environs of the town bearing his name. Language becomes a canvas upon which nature and a nameless human longing are entwined ... Read more

A Mingus Lullaby

By Dane Swan

An important composer and musician, Charles Mingus was also part of the civil rights movement. Raised by an aboriginal stepmother he was part Black, Chinese, and White. He claimed to be three people, and spent time in mental hospitals. He was married to one of his wives by Ginsberg, ... Read more

A Nervous City

By Chris Pannell

Winner of the Kerry Schooley Award ? Hamilton Literary Awards

Whether it is the roads that weave through his native Hamilton, or the crowded streets of Cairo where tourists, it seems, are forbidden to walk, Pannell captures the hum and energy that animates these urban spaces ... Read more

A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth

By Stephanie Bolster

Shortlisted for the 2012 Pat Lowther Memorial AwardAn ambivalent zoo-tour, an open-eyed meander through a landscape of made and contained things. A Page from The Wonders of Life on Earth is a book with a coherent vision of nature -- constructed or framed, both in the present ... Read more

A Possible Landscape

By Maureen Harris

Maureen Harris’s first volume of poetry evokes “a possible landscape,” where the stories that subtly shape us blend with the moments that we are. Here is an Eden where Eve longs for the serpent’s “green quiver,” his “sibilant caress,” where a snake tires of his ... Read more

A Really Good Brown Girl

By Marilyn Dumont
Introduction by Lee Maracle

On the occasion of the press’s 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the fourth of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of A Really Good Brown Girl features a new Introduction by Lee Maracle, a new Afterword by the author and ... Read more

A Season of Mourning

By Frances Itani

Frances Itani's third book of poetry consists of two deeply moving elegiac sequences commemorating the deaths of a sister and friend. In chaste and determinedly unsentimental language, Itani takes us through the crises all must face, ignoring none of their turbulence or anguish, ... Read more

A Sudden Sky

By Ulrikka S. Gernes
Translated by Patrick Friesen

A Sudden Sky is a book of northern poems with crystalline images and lines, fragile graceful poems that speak of fragments, of the moment between open and closed eyes, of the human need for embrace. These poems note the spaces between things -- always a gap, a failed connection, ... Read more