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Poetry

By Stephanie Bolster

Poetry collections that include long lists of books that “shaped the development” of the work often suffer from one of two problems: either the poems are so bloated with information that they plod along like ... Read More »

January 21, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By John Degen

John Degen’s 2000 poetry debut, The Animal Life of Budapest, was a slim, strong evocation of a very particular city and its discontents. Killing Things pursues his fascination with place, stopping in London, New York, ... Read More »

January 21, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Paul Vermeersch

For his second collection of poetry, Toronto poet and editor Paul Vermeersch writes, in a linear series of narrative poems, the life story of a fat kid’s battle with anorexia. The kid of the title ... Read More »

January 19, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Alice Burdick

Don’t let the title fool you: this debut collection by Toronto poet Alice Burdick is anything but simple. The book is quartered into segments that seem to lend a menu-like efficiency to its consumption. The ... Read More »

January 19, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Douglas Burnet Smith

Anyone who has ever traveled, especially into a country with a vastly different culture, knows that an exploration of their native poetry is essential. The next best approach is to read a book like Douglas ... Read More »

January 19, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Souvankham Thammavongsa

The short poems in Small Arguments are tender snapshots of nature’s often overlooked bounty. No verbal flab invades the images as the poetry magically explores the essence and personality of objects we rarely equate with ... Read More »

January 15, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Margaret Christakos

Margaret Christakos quotes fellow poet Lola Lemire Tostevin in the prologue to Excessive Love Prostheses: “the amputated/truncated text/follows an imaginary line/and grows/extravagant.” Reading the poems that follow, I would have to place the word “sometimes” ... Read More »

January 14, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By John MacKenzie

In his second collection of poetry, Shaken by Physics, East Coast writer John MacKenzie employs the language of science, religion, philosophy, and grammar to shake up our understanding of the landscapes we occupy and that ... Read More »

January 12, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Bruce Meyer

As a literary critic, lecturer, and author, Dr. Bruce Meyer is well known for his expertise on the “Great Books” in the Western literary canon. In many ways, The Spirit Bride, Meyer’s fifth collection of ... Read More »

January 7, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Sue Sinclair

In Mortal Arguments, transplanted Newfoundland poet Sue Sinclair widens her poetic vision to embrace the whole span of human existence – from birth to death. These poems dwell more on questions and images of mortality, ... Read More »

January 5, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Joe Denham

Flux, the debut collection from Vancouver poet Joe Denham, is written in the roughly hewn cadences of work and pain, an all-pervading awareness of mortality, and a quiet sense of the sacred. The opening sequence of ... Read More »

January 5, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Margaret Avison

With her latest poetry collection, Concrete and Wild Carrot, 84-year-old Margaret Avison has once again proven she is a poet who should not be marginalized or forgotten. The poems here are deceptively accessible but open ... Read More »

December 1, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Susan Manchester

With concrete imagery painted over punchy verse, Pouring Small Fire resembles a collection of nature photographs capturing memorable scenes. Poet and English teacher Susan Manchester writes how “the mist still paused” and “rude oaks laugh ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Tim Lilburn

In an interview with Shawna Lemay in Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation, Tim Lilburn expressed an interest in “the interior of the poem,” a place where the writing is governed by ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Anne Simpson

Loop is East Coast poet and novelist Anne Simpson’s second book of poetry. Her first, Light Falls Through You, was the winner of both the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the 2001 League of Canadian Poets’ ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Alison Pick

What is the answer?” No answer came. She laughed and said, “In that case what is the question?” (Gertrude Stein) In her debut poetry collection, Question & Answer, Alison Pick takes up Gertrude Stein’s challenge, ... Read More »

November 25, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Lynn Crosbie

If you write an unflinchingly human portrait of a murderer, are you glamorizing his crimes? That’s the question Lynn Crosbie has posed in four previous poetry collections (most notoriously with her piece of true-crime poetry, ... Read More »

November 25, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry