Quill and Quire


By Anne Michaels

Anne Michaels’ third collection of poetry continues the work of her groundbreaking 1996 novel, Fugitive Pieces. Readers who know Michaels through her novel alone will recognize the striking lyricism of Skin Divers. A profound interest ... Read More »

February 5, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Lillian Allen

Reading Lillian Allen, one is reminded that there are people in the world for whom poetry is raison d’être: “Writing poetry is the work of the soul.” The poems of this multi-disciplinary Caribbean-born, Toronto-based artist ... Read More »

February 3, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By John Donlan

Certain things in this world are still better when they’re made the old-fashioned way. Certain things, but not always art. When art is made the old-fashioned way, it just feels, well, old-fashioned. As a poet, ... Read More »

February 3, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Julie Bruck

Poet Julie Bruck is a former Montrealer now living in San Francisco. This second collection is distinguished by a gentle touch that leavens the dark landscape of her poetry. Bruck charts the everyday, urban world ... Read More »

February 3, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Christian Bök

Trust the French to produce an avant-garde novelist, Georges Perec, who could write a 300-page novel, La Disparition, without a single use of the letter ‘e.’ Trust Christian Bök – a Toronto poet, linguist, and ... Read More »

February 2, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By A.F. Moritz

Reading Albert Moritz, one is reminded that this conscientious social objector could easily pass for a modern day Tom Jones. Throughout his provocative, deeply moving, and challenging collection, the Toronto-based artist frames his moral outrage ... Read More »

February 2, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Karen Solie

Almost everything you need to know about Karen Solie’s first collection of poetry is contained in her title, Short Haul Engine. This slim volume of poems burns with the intensity of an engine, firing with ... Read More »

February 2, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Stuart Ross

Long known to the alternative literary community for his prolific chapbooks and for his role as founder of Toronto’s Small Press Book Fair, Stuart Ross garnered mainstream attention when his book of poetry, Farmer Gloomy’s ... Read More »

January 30, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By K.I. Press

This polished debut collection of poetry is loosely based on the memoirs of author Karen Press’s French Canadian grandfather, Donat Sylvestre, which were translated from the French by Press’s mother, Mariette. Pale Red Footprints is ... Read More »

January 29, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry

By Consuelo Jackman

The provocative title of this debut collection belies the measured calmness of the 22 poems contained within. The Art of Adultery attempts to articulate the passion and pain of impossible relationships through language that, considering ... Read More »

January 27, 2004 | Filed under: Poetry