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Poetry

By Suzanne Buffam

The Irrationalist is Chicago-based expat Suzanne Buffam’s second collection, following her Gerald Lampert Award–winning debut, Past Imperfect. The book’s title plays on a snippet from Aristotle’s Poetics: “it is exclusively the irrational upon which the ... Read More »

April 30, 2010 | Filed under: Poetry

By Ian Williams

The letters on the cover of Ian Williams’ debut collection are all white except for one “u” and one “i,” both of which are red. This is because the poems in the book are chiefly ... Read More »

April 30, 2010 | Filed under: Poetry

By Stephen Rowe

Never More There is Newfoundland-based school teacher Stephen Rowe’s first collection of poems. In many ways, it is a typical debut, featuring poems of family history, quotidian observations, formal experiments, and nods to literary models ... Read More »

February 25, 2010 | Filed under: Poetry

By Joe Denham

B.C.-based fisherman and timber framer Joe Denham caused a stir with his first poetry collection, Flux, in 2003. The book garnered considerable critical acclaim and Denham’s poems were widely anthologized. Even so, in a 2004 ... Read More »

February 25, 2010 | Filed under: Poetry

By Heather Cadsby

Could Be is an excellent title for Toronto-based poet Heather Cadsby’s fourth book of poems. Driven by the vocabulary of dreams and the sleep-sense of a somnambulist, Cadsby walks the reader through looming tragedies, misunderstandings, ... Read More »

January 4, 2010 | Filed under: Poetry

By Larissa Lai

The words “four eyes” on the dedication page of Larissa Lai’s first full-length poetry collection telegraph her intentions. Comprising four long, complementary poems, Automaton Biographies reckons with matters of identity and questions what it is ... Read More »

January 4, 2010 | Filed under: Poetry

By Robyn Sarah

In her 2007 collection of critical writings, Little Eurekas, Robyn Sarah cites the Canada Council’s definition of a collection of poetry, which states that it must contain more than 48 pages, as being detrimental to ... Read More »

December 17, 2009 | Filed under: Poetry