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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

[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

A Cemetery for Holes

In A Cemetery for Holes, poetic language bends and breaks, resists and reforms under the stress of family trauma. Consensual reality shifts with nonconsensual harm. It is this history of violence which is ultimately confronted, fought against, and overcome. While engaged in ... 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 Natural History of Unnatural Things

By Zachari Logan

A microscopic and intense view of the sometimes invisible and ignored parts of the world we inhabit. Peering into cities and our place within them, the poet searches for meaning after the death of his father, and observes the flora and fauna, which provide beauty and nourish ... 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 Woman Alone on the Atikokan Highway

By Jeanette Lynes

"At its best, poetry is the true vocabulary of experience. Jeanette Lynes's poems – visceral and full of heart – return the power of the ordinary and extraordinary moments of life with language that is vivid, humorous, intensely felt. " – Helen Humphreys

A/Z Does It

By John Riddell

A/Z Does It is a collection of conceptual wordplays and concrete puns, by an innovative writer who literally draws the line between impractical fictions and improbable art.