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After Beowulf

by Nicole Markotic
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, ancient, classical & medieval, epic

hwæt, another Beowulf translation? Not exactly…

Welcome to Denmark’s Heorot Hall, where King Hrothgar invites to his banquet table everyone but Grendel, Saxon’s cradle-made monster. Dissing this ur-outsider initiates a predictable and monstrous backlash, a Mediæval fracas that only the eponymous Beowulf can quash. Sailing across the whaleroa …

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Archer

On the River of Time

by Carl Hare
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, death, epic

Fictional epic: three years in the life of Ray Archer.

Archer portrays three years in the life of Ray Archer, a fictional Canadian actor/director dedicated to exploring performance styles with his diverse company. Following a Canada-wide tour of King Lear performed in mask, Archer takes his new epic history of Canada across the country and to Irelan …

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The Endless Garment

A Pocket Epic in Five Collections

by Marguerite Pigeon
edition: Paperback
tagged: women authors, epic, canadian

In a fresh and unique look at epic poetry, Marguerite Pigeon has created what may be a new classic. With equal parts love of the art form and social critique, Pigeon ranges over time and space in a series of long poems that delve into the history and impact of fashion. Guided, and haunted, by a series of ghosts, from Coco Chanel to Gypsy Rose Lee t …

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Frost & Pollen

by Helen Hajnoczky
edition: Paperback
tagged: women authors, canadian, epic

Flower and flour. Coral and choral. Lashes and luscious.

Frost & Pollen is a poetry collection in two acts: "Bloom & Martyr" is a sensuous walk through a menacing garden of flowers and desire, while "Foliage" retells the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from the point of view of the Green Knight, the mysterious figure who teases a …

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Bramah and the Beggar Boy

by Renée Sarojini Saklikar
edition: Paperback
tagged: epic

One afternoon, in an old house in an abandoned village on the outskirts of Perimeter, in the place they call Pacifica, Bramah and the beggar boy find fragments of an ancient text in an oak box. Hunched over scraps of parchment and broken computer disks, they blow the dust off a cover, and so our story begins.

Steeped in the tradition of fairy tales, …

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Hell Light Flesh

by Klara du Plessis
edition: Paperback
tagged: women authors, canadian, epic

Mandatory reading for devotees of the long poem

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Odysseus

by Carl Hare
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: canadian, epic

Odysseus begins where Homer’s Odyssey leaves off, and recounts the Greek hero’s final quest to settle his debt with the god Poseidon. He must travel to many cities carrying a wooden oar, find a land that knows no salt, and offer a sacrifice to the god on the site where a stranger asks the purpose of the oar. During his perilous journey he becom …

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Spenser

by Carl Hare
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: canadian, epic

Spenser portrays the last four turbulent months of Edmund Spenser’s life as he and his family are caught up in the Munster Revolt in Ireland in 1598. As he fights to survive the invasion of his home, his life as a refugee in Cork, and his return to England, his memories and thoughts trace through the sweep of his life, he continues to work on the …

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