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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

By Guy Gavriel Kay

Canny readers can be forgiven for being suspicious of a slim collection of poetry from a successful mainstream novelist in mid-career. Such books are usually either vanity projects, efforts of a publisher to please (and ... Read More »

November 25, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Keith Garebian

On the night I should have started reading Keith Garebian’s first collection of poetry, Reservoir of Ancestors, I instead went to see Ararat, the film by Atom Egoyan about the Armenian genocide in Turkey (1915-1917). ... Read More »

November 25, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Marilyn Bowering

Alchemy. The word conjures images of medieval laboratories, of quasi-magical transformations, and, perhaps most importantly, of failure. For despite their many important contributions to modern science, the medieval alchemists ultimately failed in their primary goal: ... Read More »

November 20, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Jacqueline Turner

Careful, Jacqueline Turner’s second poetry collection, is partitioned into nine sections, most of which feature short-line, lower-case poems that form lexical stalactites creeping down the left-hand margin of the page. As random words percolate, the ... Read More »

November 20, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By John Terpstra

The bleak, hopeful town of Hamilton, Ontario – with its steel mills and slowly resurgent parklands – finds an apt poet laureate in John Terpstra. His seventh collection, Disarmament, focuses mainly on the city’s landscapes ... Read More »

November 19, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Suzanne Zelazo

Though Parlance is her first book-length publication of poetry, Toronto poet Suzanne Zelazo’s name is likely familiar to many through her role as editor of the Queen Street Quarterly. This literary magazine has a reputation ... Read More »

November 11, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Aislinn Hunter

Given the critical recognition awarded her first book of stories published earlier this year, it comes as no surprise that B.C. writer Aislinn Hunter is an accomplished storyteller. Crossing genres with her second book, Hunter ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Ken Babstock

With his second collection of poetry, Days into Flatspin, Toronto poet Ken Babstock proves himself to be one of the “lords of the little gestures” that he cites in the book’s epigraph. His poems are ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Michael Redhill

Given the busy year he’s had – publishing his first novel, producing a play, editing Brick magazine through an impressive reformatting, and fathering his second son – one might forgive Michael Redhill for being off ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Sue Sinclair

Secrets of Weather and Hope, the first collection of poems by Sue Sinclair, is a mature, cohesive text filled with light, water, clouds, and bone. Its insistent probing into commonplace phenomenon reads more like an ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By David Solway

Few critics match the moral urgency of David Solway, whose poetry reviews constitute an anti-canon to the literati’s assessment of its own merits. Solway’s debunking of celebrated poets, from Atwood to Zwicky, has earned him ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Carla Hartsfield

Toronto poet Carla Hartsfield is a true Renaissance woman. Her biography states that she is, by turns, a poet, painter, songwriter, and classical/pop musician. Sometimes, as she demonstrates in her third collection of poetry, Your ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry

By Brian Bartlett

Wanting the Day, the seventh collection of poetry from East Coast poet, lecturer, and essayist Brian Bartlett, gleans some of the best poems from Bartlett’s six earlier collections to create an intense volume of selected ... Read More »

October 16, 2003 | Filed under: Poetry