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Poetry

By Jason Dewinetz

Imagists like Ezra Pound used to throw around the phrase “ut pictura poesis,” which means “as is painting so is poetry.” The saying suggested that a poem draws out the same sensations as a painting, ... Read More »

January 26, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Joan Crate

Joan Crate published her first poetry book a dozen years ago, and the deftness of this second appearance is enough to recommend a similar gestation period to today’s crop of grant-starved, print-hungry poets. Without investing ... Read More »

January 26, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Norm Sibum

It is difficult to write poetry about God, alcohol, the disenfranchised, and spiritual identity without rewriting every post-modern poetic cliché offered up over the last 50 years. Poet Norm Sibum is up to the challenge, ... Read More »

January 26, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Shane Rhodes

This second poetry collection from Shane Rhodes takes a good long look at dualities. A selective list of the themes covered (and uncovered) in Holding Pattern might include memory and experience, science and religion, heterosexual ... Read More »

January 22, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Michael Crummey

In his poetry, short stories, and his novel, River Thieves, Michael Crummey makes effortless music on the page. Like a sculptor giving equal attention to the immediate carved surface and the overall shape he has ... Read More »

January 22, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Esta Spalding

The Wife’s Account is Esta Spalding’s fourth book of poetry in just over seven years. In the vividly imagistic style that has established her reputation, the collection (we are told on the dust jacket) encapsulates ... Read More »

January 22, 2004 | Filed under: 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