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the book of smaller

by rob mclennan
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, family

Written while at home full-time with two small children under five, the book of smaller is a collection of short, sharp, incredibly dense prose poems. Created in moments snatched from chaos, these poems challenge the possibilities of language in very small spaces.

Each poem is a still moment, a memory, a burst of observation, suspended outside time …

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Claimings and Other Wild Things

by Noelle Schmidt
edition: Paperback
tagged: lgbt

Noelle Schmidt plows through the distorted shrapnel of trauma dormant and still tingling.

Claimings and Other Wild Things is a brave debut poetry collection which delves into a catalog of personal struggle and identity, all the while inviting readers to imagine the "prophet in the dirty motel" or "the illusion of soft flesh giving way" or the pent u …

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After Villon

by Roger Farr
edition: Paperback
tagged: french, canadian

After Villon, the new book from Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize finalist Roger Farr, is a book of contemporary verse translations and “queer variations” based on the work of 15th century poete maudit Francois Villon.
Villon’s poetry, written in medieval French and incorporating the argot of the Parisian criminal underworld, is notoriously bawdy …

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Full Moon of Afraid and Craving

by Melanie Power
edition: eBook
tagged: canadian

A hometown is a data centre / where the past is stored
From a darkly humorous perspective, this book charts a young person’s navigation of narrow definitions of faith, femininity, and family.
Confronting addiction, compulsions, and anxieties, Full Moon of Afraid and Craving explores the strange combination of wonder and longing that makes a life …

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Invisible Sea

by Kevin Bushell
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, non-classifiable

Joseph Campbell: "The airplane has replaced the bird in the imagination as the symbol of the release of spirit from the bonds of earth." Hence, Invisible Sea. Part critique, part celebration of technology, these poems explore the symbolic and mythical associations of the historical moment when human beings took flight and, in a sense, became Godlik …

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Zen In Beverly Hills

by Brian Wood
edition: eBook
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In Brian Wood’s third collection of poetry, each word has been meticulously chosen, and each stanza is a technical marvel enveloping readers into a nostalgic journey into the beauty and inelegance of our humanity. The author’s hope is that readers will be reminded of such inspirational writers, including Dante, W. H. Auden, Shakespeare, Frost, …

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Unburied

by Latasha Schaller
edition: eBook
tagged: canadian, women authors

The mind can be both a beautiful and terrible thing, and there is no relationship more complex than the one we have with ourselves. This collection of poetry takes you from the deepest pits of depression to the endless pools of power and creativity those depths can contain. With her first book, Trapped, Latasha Schaller chained herself to her menta …

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How Beautiful People Are

by Pirani Ayaz
edition: Paperback
tagged: middle eastern, canadian

In How Beautiful People Are, his third collection, Ayaz Pirani continues to write his people's pothi: a trans-national, inter-generational poetry of post-colonial love and loss animated by the syncretizing figure of Kabir and drawn from the extraordinary diwan of ginan and granth literature. Walking alongside the tiger of Ali and an assortment of b …

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From the Shoreline

by Tad-y Steffi
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, women authors

Steffi Tad-y's debut collection brings forward diasporic experience as it intersects with mental illness. Family history and work lyrics occur against a tonal backdrop of the carceral. Yet Tad-y brings a tenderness to these fraught circumstances, finding beauty in detail and repetitive acts of love, in part due to the use of a multiplicity of forms …

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