Democratic Beauties—Glen Downie

 

PrintISBN: 978-1926639918

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How do we find our way back through the labyrinth, through the dark forest? With a thread, with a trail of breadcrumbs? Glen Downie traces a path back to the now dimly remembered pre-digital age using a ribbon—a typewriter ribbon. What was once a fishing line to the future now sits nestled in its decorated tin among other flea market finds, a remnant of an obsolete technology. In Democratic Beauties, a book of poetic and imaginative criticism with colour images, Downie sifts through the detritus of our rapidly changing consumer culture and decodes, for its surprisingly contemporary relevance, much that has already become perplexing and mysterious. In an uncommon blend of the lyric, the narrative and the visual, Downie invites consideration of what old tins, labels, and bits of found text tell us about women in the workforce, our relationship to technology, the values of Business Mind, and that which utility cannot long ignore—beauty.

Praise for Glen Downie’s previous work

LOCAL NEWS (2011): Jangling with surreal vibrancy and suffused with a sinister edginess, many of these poems have a sting in the tail. … an insightful psychological intelligence runs through the book. … a fascinating collection—funny, dark, conflicted. —Miranda Pearson, Event

LEFT FOR RIGHT (2012): A “cabinet of mysteries” is … on display in Glen Downie’s Left for Right… Some of those mysteries are bizarre and surrealistic, while others are grounded in the familiar, seen in a fanciful light. … Downie’s lyric voice hits all the right notes in this accomplished, wide-ranging collection.—Barb Carey, Toronto Star

glen_downieGlen Downie was born in Winnipeg, worked in cancer care for many years in Vancouver, and now lives in Toronto. In 1999, he served as Writer-in-Residence at Dalhousie University’s Medical Humanities Program. He has published several collections of poetry including Loyalty Management, which won the 2008 Toronto Book Award. His most recent books are Monkey Soap and Left for Right. glendownie.com

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The Kingdom and After—Megan Fernandes

ISBN: 9781926639802

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The Kingdom and After charts the twenty-first century imaginative echo of empire and displacement in our current moment of terror and globalization. Sometimes written in frank, shrunken lines and other times exploding with surrealist, jurassic imagery, the poems witness an associative mind leaping from bone temples in Tanga to the pumiced surface of extraterrestrial oceans, from a panic attack in Mumbai to the tumbling spirits of the Big Sur coastline.

“‘Am I accountable for these histories?’ writes Megan Fernandes in her memorable poem ‘Archives.’ Yes and no—her fresh, embracing imagination attends to several continents, many languages and cultures, with the originality of one who looks at a piano from below, seeing the ‘woody spirit of the instrument,’ its cavern and brackets, attentive to the sound of ‘the chimptas, fire gongs with bells’ and ‘the swampy Goa.’ (‘The Piano and the Ivy.’ ) A book of pleasures, wild inventions and profound clarity.”—Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000)

“In these limpid poems, Megan Fernandes finds her way back to roots and origins, even as she charts our many topographical, dreamed, amatory, and atomic detours. ‘Touch everything,’ she entreats, ‘Tell me about the broken terrain.’ It is the poem’s job to graph and weave from here to there and back again, and this she does, returning with much-needed news of our follies and fortunes.”—Eleni Sikelianos, author of Body Clock and The California Poem

“The Kingdom and After greets us with a mysterious and worldly look inside Fernandes’ personal timeline… Her characters are sentimental, melancholic at times, and ask us to slow down, to absorb into shades of yellow and green, and to befriend unsolicited ghosts. It is impossible for us, as readers, to dismiss the power behind Megan Fernandes’ stories.”—Alyse Richmond, Coal Hill Review

“The poems are surely thought provoking as they render a patchwork of time, space, histories, psychology, communities and intimacy… you’ll certainly want the poems to sit by you for long.”—Linda Ashok, The Rumpus

“Fernandes creates moments of bliss… She’s taken time to imagine new ways of navigating broken and layered terrains, and I would highly recommend it.”—Naomi B, Broken Pencil

“Wondrous and heartbreaking, The Kingdom and After is woven with subtlety and intricate placed lines of poetry that pull apart the layers of society to show what lingers behind the seemingly mundane.”—Nav Nagra, Room

Megan Fernandes photoMegan Fernandes is the poetry editor of the anthology Strangers in Paris and the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Organ Speech (Corrupt Press) and Some Citrus Makes Me Blue (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has been published or is forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press, the Boston Review, Rattle, Guernica, Memorious, and Redivider, among others. She earned her PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her MFA in poetry from Boston University. Currently, she teaches at Lafayette College.

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Ghost Sick—Emily Pohl-Weary

ISBN: 9781926639826

PRICE: $16.95—special sale price!

Winner of the 2016 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry!




When a Christmas Eve shooting devastated Emily Pohl-Weary’s community, she began to hunt through the numbness and grief for some understanding and hopefulness about the future. In the tradition of Carolyn Forché, Ernesto Cardenal, and Shu Ting, Ghost Sick is a poetry of witness. It chronicles the impact of violence on an inner-city Toronto neighbourhood, the power of empathy, and the resilience of the human spirit.

“A hard, sad, and beautifully necessary collection of poems. A book that helps us claw our way back from the edges of our own teetering lives.”—Susan Musgrave, author of A Man to Marry, A Man to Bury

“Ghost Sick focuses on violence and its personal cost in a Toronto neighbourhood, starting from the writer’s childhood to the present, the wasted lives, the pain and loss of her own and those of people dear to her.”—Marge Piercy, New York Times bestselling author of Gone to Soldiers

“These are not easy poems to forget, so take a deep breath, and plunge right in. The world will not look the same when you re-emerge, but the rewards are immense: you come away from these poems open to possibility, hopeful for change, and knowing you are not alone in that struggle.”—Carolyn Smart, author of Hooked

“Pohl-Weary’s gritty vernacular got game, got street cred. Like Holocaust witness poet Paul Celan, Pohl-Weary checks tabloids, billboards, newsflashes, for the language to bespeak domesticated violence.”—George Elliot Clarke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald

“The poems in Ghost Sick coalesce into a very strong, coherent collection that should be read from cover to cover . . . this is a book that looks forward towards a better city, better citizens, and a better society.” —Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Broken Pencil

“Ghost Sick takes your breath away and leaves you wanting more. A great read that makes you think about what it means to bear witness to tragedy.”—Christine Smith (McFarlane), Shameless Magazine

“A nuanced, wrenching and ultimately heart-opening poetry collection that took eight years to write—nearly a decade of trying to grapple with the shooting death of a young man in her Parkdale neighbourhood.” —Yukon News

Ghost Sick by Emily Pohl-Weary is a collection of poems that witness. They are testimony, commentary, and emotional responses to the crime, drugs, loss of innocence and more in a Toronto neighborhood and other places where lives are wasted and lost too easily.”—Serena Agusto-Cox, Savvy Verse and Wit

Emily Pohl-Weary is an award-winning author, editor, arts educator, and academic. She is the author of several books, including the emily-pohl-wearynovels A Girl Like Sugar and Strange Times at Western High; the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl; the poetry collection Iron-on Constellations; and the biography Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, which won a Hugo Award for Best Related Book.

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The Uncertainty Principle-Roxanna Bennett

ISBN: 9781926639772
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The Uncertainty Principle coverRoxanna Bennett’s debut collection of precisely crafted poems examines connection and consequence. The poems in The Uncertainty Principle reveal the aftermath of events both at an atomic and human scale, from the domestic intimacy of a dysfunctional family to the wreckage of an atom bomb.

“Just shattering. At times hard to credit or place within the realm of the real. One gets the sense that, had these poems’ formal shapes not been forged from iron, quarried from the bedrock of unblinkered self-knowledge and unbounded love, they would simply detonate. The world is rooted in its own violence, and so births violence in endless cycles. Roxanna Bennett’s work bears the mark of a beauty equal to that brutality. The Uncertainty Principle will rearrange you as you move through it.”— Ken Babstock, author of  Methodist Hatchet

 “Bennett’s lines navigate daringly around and through the lexical boundaries of the diagnostic to ‘breathe the rich air’ before the darkened playground and crumbling towers of this world.” —David McGimpsey, author of LilBastard

“Roxanna Bennett’s debut poetry collection The Uncertainty Principle is a solitary basket of trinkets and memory souvenirs exposed through solemn confession—inviting you to participate in its unrealized possibilities, the magnetic imagining of a mystical mind.” —Julie Mannell, Matrix

“The Uncertainty Principle breathes, lives, and lingers… Every one of Bennett’s words is a rebirth: violent, miraculous, and beautiful.”—Contemporary Verse 2 Magazine

“… a nuanced, complex emotional landscape that leaves me excited about where Bennett’s voice will take her after this effective and affecting debut.”—Brecken Hancock, Arc

Roxanna Bennett studied experimental arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design and creative writing at the University of Toronto. She lives in Whitby, Ontario.

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Teacher’s Pets-Crystal Hurdle

 

ISBN: 9781926639765

Price: $10 special sale price!

 




Thought provoking, sexy, edgy, and affecting, Teacher’s Pets explores what happens along the line that should not be crossed. Join a group of Venturers, a Wilderness Training school group, on their treks into the great outdoors of supernatural British Columbia and the mysteries of love and loss. Told in a series of free-verse poems from a lively crew of characters, interspersed with student assignments and the comments on them, discussions in and out of the classroom, journal entries, report cards, lists, and horoscopes, this book will engage  both older teens and adults alike.

“Fearless and bold, Crystal Hurdle’s witty, multivocal novel in verse reads like a cross between Judy Blume and Into the Wild, with a dash of Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in.”—Cathy Stonehouse, author of Grace Shiver

“The collection reads like a play, resonates like poetry, and is as absorbing as a novel.”—Morgan Kelly, author of Midnight in Your Arms

“Unwavering and unsettling, these poems sometimes lift towards the lyrical, but just as often glory in the gutter. Always aware of the ambiguity, Hurdle creates a kind of music, wrung with care, from loves at once ordinary, but in their telling, something more.”—Anne Stone, author of Delible

“This poetry is a mash-up of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and and Peggy Atwood’s Journals of Susanna Moodie… Hurdle knows her stuff. Teacher’s Pets is a Grade A accomplishment.”—George Elliot Clarke, Chronicle-Herald

“This is a mock epic with an anti-heroine who faces the battle of adolescence.” —Anne Burke, poets.ca

“Hurdle manages to make a difficult subject accessible for readers . . . A series of poems, student assignments, and report cards, the story flows from one page to the next, through the different narrator’s voices.” —Jaclyn McLean, Resource Links

Crystal Hurdle teaches English and creative writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver. She is the author of the poetry collection After Ted & Sylvia and her poetry and prose has been published in many journals, including Bogg, Canadian Literature, the Dalhousie Review, Event, Fireweed, and the Literary Review of Canada.

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In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci-Jeffrey Round

Da Vinci CoverISBN: 9781926639789
PRICE: $12.95 – special sale price!
Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award!




Divided into “exhibitions” corresponding roughly to various rooms in the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Milan, this stunning poetry collection explores the legacy of da Vinci’s inventive imagination in various areas, such as war, medicine, sound, and aviation. The poems reflect how the 20th century was shaped by da Vinci’s work and theories, which are still being explored today.

“Jeffrey Round asks a big question: ‘What does infinity know?’ In a poetry collection with da Vinci at its core, themes of invention dovetail with themes of memory and loss.”—Jim Nason, author of Narcissus Unfolding

“There is food for thought throughout this collection.”—Amos Lassen, reviewsbyamoslassen.com

“Poetry requires a light touch, of knowing what to leave out, what not to over-explain. Jeffrey’s poems are easy to read, but not simple… a classy book of poetry.”—Paul Bellini, mygaytoronto.com

Jeffrey Round is an award-winning writer, director, and playwright. He is the author of A Cage of Bones, The Honey Locust,  The P-town Murders and the Lambda Award-winning Lake on the Mountain. He founded a multimedia theater company, Best Boys Productions, and his full-length stage play, Zebra, won the Gay and Lesbian Appeal’s “Right to Privacy Award” and was nominated for a Pink Trillium for Best Play. He founded the Church-Wellesley Review, Canada’s first print journal for LGBT creative writing. He lives in Toronto.

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Tangle – Julie Cameron Gray

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ISBN: 9781926639574




Teetering on the brink of longing and the downtrodden, Julie Cameron Gray’s poetic debut explores isolation and the distance between human understanding and human experience. Her poems showcase the relationship between people and their work, urban living and the fringe existence of “wild” animals, the flaws that relationships tend to encompass despite best intentions, and the mysteries inanimate objects hold. Tangle is a verdict, a web of dysfunction, and an alibi.

“Julie Cameron Gray has achieved something crucial, but too rare, in today’s world of rapid change: how to be true to a sense of the new through an energizing sense of continuity with the imaginative richness of the past. . . . If we value zestful continuity as part of an allegiance to exploration and change, Julie Cameron Gray is a poet to watch.”  —Roger Nash, author, Something Blue and Flying Upward

“This is a compact collection of distilled, mature poetry.”—Anne Burke, League of Canadian Poets

“All in all, a delightful read”—goodreads.com

Julie Cameron Gray is the author of the chapbook Coordinating Geometry, and her poetry has appeared in Carousel, Contemporary Verse 2, Event, Fiddlehead, and PRISM International as well as the anthology Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011.

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Come Late to the Love of Birds – Sandra Kasturi

Come Late to the Love of BirdsISBN: 9781926639505

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3rd place winner—2013 Elgin Awards/2013 Rhysling Award Nominee




Sandra’s first collection, The Animal Bridegroom featured an introduction by Neil Gaiman and has sold out. This collection expands on her themes of abject romances, deformed fairy tales gone and the astonishing delights of life in glorious 21st century. Her latest poetry book fuses nature’s continuous emotional offerings, our desire to understand ourselves with our passion to be free, devoid of the burden of modern thought.
Sandra Kasturi

Sandra Kasturi is a writer, publisher, book reviewer and Bram Stoker Award-winning editor. She is the co-owner with her husband, writer and publisher Brett Alexander Savory, of the World Fantasy Award-nominated press, ChiZine Publications. She managed to snag an introduction from Neil Gaiman for her previous poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom.

Praise for Come Late to the Love of Birds

“Beautiful poems in a jewel box of a collection. You should slow down and take the time to read it.”—Madeline Ashby, author of Company Town 

“Her words are imbued with complexity, multiplicity, and a deep interplay of meanings. Her poetic art is simultaneously completely natural and wholly transcendent.”—Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

“Stunning turns of phrases”—Diane Severson, Amazing Stories

“Kasturi catapults her readers into a parallel universe where dreams shape reality. Beware! She’s a powerful trickster who infuses the everyday with beauty, lust, changelings and not-so-benevolent magic.”—Emily Pohl-Weary, author of Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl

“Sandra Kasturi’s poetry collection, Come Late to the Love of Birds, is a dazzling journey through a mind awake, an eye alive, and a voice remarkably adept. There is great music here, and magic, and many impossible things you didn’t believe before you read them.”—Patrick O’Leary, author of The Gift and The Black Heart

“Sandra Kasturi’s poems in Come Late to the Love of Birds manage to have both the charm of a particularly beautiful and bright child, while at the same time the grinning bite of a bad seed. A sympathy for roasting birds, a send-up of mythology, the haunted dignity of a hawk—everything she writes has a touch of melancholy about it, but it’s the toy melancholy of the curious and optimistic. How I’d love to be a subject in her world. These poetic tales are funny, absurd, sad, portentous, and completely brilliant. I shall look twice when I next see a bird. I too, have come late to the love of birds—but now I adore them.”—Susie Moloney, author of A Dry Spell and The Thirteen

Praise for The Animal Bridegroom

The Animal Bridegroom is a wonderful showcase for Sandra Kasturi’s work—she has a lot to say and hundreds of ways to say it. Filled with poetry of sheer, spinning invention and genuine passion, none of it comfortable or conventional, this long-awaited book is a genuine pleasure to read.”—Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter and Mrs. God

“Sandra Kasturi’s magical poems transform the ordinary into the surreal and exotic.”—Phyllis Gotlieb, author of Birthstones and Red Blood, Black Ink, White Paper

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When All My Disappointments Came at Once – Todd Swift


ISBN: 9781926639451
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Todd Swift’s eighth poetry collection, When All My Disappointments Came At Once, charts his moving journey back from despair after a series of serious mid-life setbacks, guided by a love of lyrical poetry and its fertile traditions. This groundbreaking book is a Life Studies for our times. It confirms the human heart’s wonderful resilience, and Swift as a poet of the first rank, in terms of style, bravery and integrity of vision. Above all else it is filled with flamboyant poems of great depth and beauty.

“Swift is masterful… an interesting examination of midlife crises, the emotions tied to that, and the rays of hope and comedy that can emerge from those incidents.—Serena Augusto-Cox, Savvy Verse and Wit

About the Author

Dr Todd Swift is Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing, at Kingston University, London.  He is Director and Editor of the small press Eyewear Publishing.  Published by the age of 18 in The Fiddlehead, Swift is the prolific author of eight collections of poetry and many more pamphlets. He is editor or co-editor of a dozen anthologies, most recently Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam, with a preamble from David Lehman.  His poems have appeared in numerous international publications, such as Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Review (London), and The Globe and Mail (Toronto).  His widely-read blog, Eyewear, has been archived by The British Library.  His PhD is from the University of East Anglia, and is concerned with poetic style and the British poets of the 1940s.  Swift, in his 20s, had a colourful series of freelance jobs, working for Penthouse magazine, and as story-editor on the cult anime show, Sailor Moon, as well as running Canada’s infamous poetry cabaret series, Vox Hunt, which The Globe and Mail called “virtually unique in North America”.  It was during that time, in the 90s, before his move to Budapest, that he was in the band Swifty Lazarus with Tom Walsh, which mixed spoken word and soundscapes in a new way.  Swift lived in Budapest then Paris, in his 30s, before settling in London in 2003. His key themes are sex, violence, religion, love, travel, and style, and he loves 80s music, 50s eyewear, 60s TV, 70s politics, and 40s cinema.

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Onion Man – Kathryn Mockler


ISBN-13: 978-1-926639-39-0
Price: $10 – special sale price!
Pub Date: November 2011

Longlisted for 2012 ReLit Award




This sparse and powerful poetic debut, weaves a tale of heartache, dissolution, and coming of age.

Onion Man is an intense and masterly sculpted series of linked poems set in London, Ontario, in the late 1980s– a time in Canada when the recession lay like a lead weight on the shoulders of young people, leaving the future bleak.

The poems are told from the point of view of an eighteen-year-old girl working for the summer at a corn canning factory, and they follow her relationship with her factory job, her boyfriend, her alcoholic mother, her terminally ill grandfather, and the man who every night “peels an onion and eats it as if it were an apple.”

The Onion Man doesn’t speak English and is tormented by the other workers. After his son dies, he commits suicide at the factory, and the girl finds his body. This traumatic event causes her to rethink the direction of her life.

About the Author

Kathryn Mockler is the author of the poetry books Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011) and The Saddest Place on Earth (forthcoming in December 2012 with DC Books). She received her MFA from the University of British Columbia and her BA in Honors English and Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in Descant, Joyland, The Capilano Review, The Antigonish Review, The Puritan, La Petite Zine, Geist, and This Magazine. Her films have been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and have screened at numerous festivals. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Western University and is the co-founder of the online journal The Rusty Toque.

Praise for Onion Man

“Mockler can’t hide anything in lines this clean and spare. Onion Man delivers a bold, candid voice. It’s a book of brave choices. We have a winner in Kathryn Mockler.
— Michael V. Smith

“With Onion Man, Mockler does for the Pillsbury factory was Dante did for hell. But Mockler is funnier. Nearly every piece on this epic, romantic novel-in-verse cracked me up and, like the best comedians, Mockler breaks your heart while she makes you laugh. Her deadpan wit is dead-on and her understated insight is fathoms deep. You’ve never read a book of poetry like this.”
— Sharon McCartney

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Sunday, the locusts | Jim Johnstone

Sunday, the locusts, by Jim Johnstone
ISBN: 9781926639369
Price: $7 – special sale price!
Pub Date: Spring 2011




Award-winning poet Jim Johnstone unites science, poetry, and art in an innovative and intellectual examination of the symbolism associated with locusts. A long poem that probes love and loss in fragments of verse and hybrid-media collage, Sunday, the locusts is a post-apocalyptic tour-de-force. Drawing on a variety of disciplines including developmental biology, geology and philosophy, Jim Johnstone and Julienne Lottering blur linguistic boundaries to create a unique collaborative text. Hymn, map, portent—Sunday, the locusts warns against inevitable extinction while also revelling in the vivacity of personhood.

Jim Johnstone is a writer and physiologist in Toronto. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008). His poems have been published in several Canadian magazines, including Descant, enRoute, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, and PRISM International and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010. He is the founder and editor of Misunderstandings Magazine. See jimjohnstone.wordpress.com.

Illustrator Julienne Lottering was born in South Africa but has been living in Canada and exhibiting in Toronto, Lyon, and New York since 2000. Her artwork has appeared on the book cover of Life and the Sheath of Enlightenment and in Misunderstandings Magazine.

Praise for Jim Johnstone’s Patternicity

Patternicity transforms the mundane into the otherworldly.”—Mark Callanan, Quill & Quire

“I love Patternicity for its dirty noises . . . Jim Johnstone’s forms are shapely, but feral. His music is beautifully rational, complex and charismatic.”—Carmine Starnino

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Come Closer | Leanne Averbach

Come Closer, by Leanne AverbachISBN-13: 9781926639192
Price: $5 – special sale!
Pub Date: Fall 2010

Longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award




 From poet and award-winning filmmaker Leanne Averbach comes a new collection of poems. Come Closer draws on themes as widespread as Averbach’s left-wing-activist and trade-union-organizer past, the loss of her parents, the Iraq War, and the homeless, all seen through the gritty lens of New York City and with a persistent inner dialogue about love, family, and doubt. Cool-burning with the strange and the sensual, Come Closer takes the imposing realities of political, environmental, and social upheaval, and infuses each with the personal.

Praise for Leanne Averbach

“Witty, cynical and startlingly lusty, Averbach’s lushly lyrical, ‘thick wet strokes’ of irreverence are finely wrought with haunting immediacy. Her work provides a must-read collection: highly charged eroto-comic and compelling snapshots that linger.”—Adeena Karasick

“Averbach’s poems swing from worldly to wild.”—Georgia Straight

Leanne Averbach is a Canadian poet and filmmaker. She has been published and has performed with musicians across Canada, in the US, and in Italy. Her first book, Fever (Mansfield Press), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Prize in 2006. Her companion CD Fever is a fusion of her spoken words and the blues/jazz accompaniment of the Vancouver group Indigo. Averbach’s second short film based on her poetry, Teacups & Mink, has garnered numerous awards. For more information visit www.leanneaverbach.com.

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Monster | David Livingstone Clink

Monster, by David Livingstone ClinkISBN-13: 978-1-926639-18-5
Price: $5.00 sale price!
Pub Date: Fall 2010




Monster is a poetry collection that Pandora would want to open, containing poems that Eve would bite into.

In a sophomore collection that is bound to cause a stir, David Livingstone Clink takes you on a journey into the belly of the beast, a journey that is both dark and surreal, strange and unusual, a departure from the safe neighbourhoods where people don’t lock their doors at night. But all is not dark! There are the unusual and surreal places that bend your mind, that make you look at things you thought you knew but in a different light, and there is humour. But there is also elder abuse, infidelity, molestation, murder, suicide, serial killers and shapeshifters, six-legged dogs and bodies hanging from barn rafters, spiderwebs and fallen cities, steampunk airships muscling into the night, and always the shadows helping us define our shape, how we feel, and, ultimately, who we are.

Click to read an excerpt from Monster.

Praise for Eating Fruit Out of Season

“When I picked up Eating Fruit out of Season, Clink’s first full-length poetry collection, I expected mostly to laugh and be amused. Instead, I felt nearly the entire spectrum of human emotion. Clink writes with an earnest necessity I didn’t know was in him.”—Jacob Scheier, Prairie Fire

“Clink’s debut suggests the possibility of a less isolated and obscure voice for the contemporary poet.”
—Maurice Mierau, Winnipeg Free Press

“Nowhere in Canadian poetry will the prosaic mind discover verse so barbed and ironic as in this text, while inspired intellects must find it a source of prophetic nostalgia and exquisite, fleshed-out wisdom. Herein is Ontario pastoral and Space-Age romanticism, both scrutinized by a poet who inks truth that is satire.”—George Elliott Clarke, author of Whylah Falls

“I found reading Eating Fruit out of Season to be like, well, like eating fruit out of season—unpredictable, intriguing, not every bite to my taste, but I didn’t want to stop eating.”—Maureen Scott Harris

David Livingstone Clink’s poetry has appeared in The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Literary Review of Canada, The Prairie Journal, and in ten anthologies, including I.V. Lounge Nights, Garden Variety, Imagination in Action, and the forthcoming Tesseracts XIV (fall 2010). He edited the poetry anthology, A Verdant Green. His first book of poetry was Eating Fruit Out of Season. He lives in Toronto.

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The Days You’ve Spent | Suzanne Bowness

The Days You've SpentISBN: 978-1-926639109
Price: $5
Pub Date: 2010




Poems that reflect the individual’s experience in the urban jungle, combining observation and insight that every city dweller will recognize. The city, at once benevolent and indifferent to its residents, is the inspiration for this debut collection of poetry by Suzanne Bowness. In the first poem, a young woman arrives in the big city, where “in the beginning, anonymity is everywhere,” and wonders what her life there will bring. Using this new arrival as her starting point, Bowness moves on to develop urban themes of anonymity and collectivity alongside individualist themes of freedom, loneliness, and growing self identity. Part private reflection, part love letter to the metropolis, The Days You’ve Spent pulls back the curtain on city life, finding beauty in neon signs and profundity in laundromats. In these poems, the individual and the city interweave, and urban immersion becomes an essential element in personal growth.

“What a joy to spend days with The Days You’ve Spent by Sue Bowness. Excellence is her standard, structure and musicality her method, narrative spiced with whimsy her mode. Even while wondering its worth getting out of bed to face the day, Bowness flourishes imagery flooded with light. Here are poems that intrigue, provoke, entwine, and always shine.”—Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush

“She [Sue Bowness] is a bard of whimsical domesticity, very much like Molly Peacock, whose endorsement graces the back cover.”—George Elliot Clarke, The Chronicle-Herald

Suzanne (Sue) Bowness is a writer and editor whose poems have appeared in the Literary Review of Canada and Pagitica. Her play The Reading Circle won first place in the 2006 Ottawa Little-Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition. She has a PhD in English from the University of Ottawa.

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Somewhere to Run From | Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

Somewhere to Run From, by Tara-Michelle ZiniukISBN: 9780978335182
Price: $5—special sale!
Pub Date: 2009

Longlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award




Tara-Michelle Ziniuk’s second collection of poetry is dangerously sarcastic, Toronto-local, bitter, sweet, and bruising in its honesty. Challenging the notions of what a girl runs from, both literally and figuratively, Somewhere to Run From takes on complex settings from which to depart: poverty, pop and sub-culture, madness and normative sexuality among these locations.

“Tara-Michelle Ziniuk produces another undeniably readable, attractive little book of spare, plainspoken poetry… chock full of sarcasm, cleverly slurred confessions, and the broken-bottle-sharp perceptions of a hurt, vulnerable narrator.” Spencer Gordon, Broken Pencil

“A wonderful example of the range of contradictory thoughts and feelings Ziniuk’s Somewhere to Run From will inspire”—goodreads.com

Click to read an excerpt from Somewhere to Run From.

Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based author, performer and activist with an extensive background in community radio. She has been published in magazines and anthologies across North America and is a regular contributor to NOW, Broken Pencil Magazine, and Herizons as well as writing for This, $pread, HOUR and others. Her first book, Emergency Contact, was released with McGilligan Books in 2006 to wide critical acclaim and was taught through the English Department at York University.

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Bone Dream-Moira MacDougall

Bone Dream, by Moira MacDougall
ISBN: 9781926639000
Price: $10—special sale price!
Pub Date: Spring 2009

Longlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award





The poems in Bone Dream are darkly sensuous, capturing the unspoken moments of life through images firmly grounded in the body and the material world.

Relationships, family and death are explored at times through the medium of a dancers body, and at other times through the everyday artifacts we find around us. These poems move, disturb and bring us to realization.

Click to read an excerpt from Bone Dream.

Bone Dream is an apt title for such a genuine and elegant debut. MacDougall weaves together the body and the mem­ory and the myth and the real to remind us that it is not the bone that holds up the body, giving strength to rise and descend, to twist and shift, to embrace and be embraced; rather it is the dream.”—Eric Schmaltz, Broken Pencil

Moira MacDougall is the assistant poetry editor of The Literary Review of Canada. She has had poems published in literary magazines and journals across the country. This is her first book length collection.

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A Thousand Profane Pieces | Myna Wallin

A Thousand Profane Pieces, by Myna Wallin
ISBN: 9780973864533
Price: $5-special sale price
Pub Date: 2006





The poems in this collection are erotic and wry, a first hand tour through the world of today’s woman for whom desire is no longer a dirty word.

Wallin’s poems explore where the sensual woman has been and where she s going. If Candice Bushnell was a poet, these are the sort of poems she would write.

Click to read an excerpt from A Thousand Profane Pieces.

Praise for A Thousand Profane Pieces:

“Wallin’s book is exhilarating: a dollop of sugar-coated acid. Its subtitle should be, Love and the Older, Single Woman: The persona has been hurt, has snapped back, but vows her vulnerability … The tone? Ms. Sylvia Plath Atwood: Satire and Cynicism for the Discriminating Reader. Wallin’s wit exudes wisdom and wrath. Perfect.”—George Elliott Clarke, author of Whylah Falls

Myna Wallin is an author and editor in Toronto. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Algonquin Square Table Anthology, Contemporary Verse 2, Existere, Eye Weekly, Kiss Machine, Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, Misunderstandings Magazine, Nod, Surface and Symbol, Taddle Creek, and Word: Canada’s Magazine for Readers and Writers. She is also the author of Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar. www.mynawallin.com

 

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Open Slowly | Dayle Furlong

Open Slowly, by Dayle FurlongISBN-13: 9780978335137
Price: $5.00 – special sale!
Pub Date: 2008




Open Slowly by Dayle Furlong young lovers tangle, tumble and dance their way through the urban landscape. They lose each other and rediscover each other in cafes and bars, over lattes and beer while the city watches and waits for solitude to reassert itself.

As the title suggests this is a book to be opened slowly, savoured like a surprise gift from a lover who will inevitably be forgotten, even while the gift remains.

Click to read an excerpt from Open Slowly.

Dayle Furlong studied English Literature & Fine Arts at York University. Her writing has appeared in Taddle Creek, Kiss Machine, The Puritan, Word & The Voice. She works as a literary publicist, a screenwriter ‘s assistant and for Descant Magazine. She has lived in all regions of Canada and has travelled throughout Central America, Asia & the US. She currently lives in Toronto.

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Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse | Phoebe Tsang

Contents of a Mermaid's Purse, by Phoebe Tsang
ISBN: 9781926639062
Price: $7
Pub Date: Fall 2009




Poems that are like incantations, love spells spoken in a young lyrical voice. Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse’s poems are an existential exploration of love and mortality via fairytales and nature. Travelling freely among the shattered confines of identity and gender, travel and environment, the dreamlike narrative unfolds in lyric language, telling of love lost and found, and mythologies that inform the journey with passages in the rhythm of fairytales.

Click to read an excerpt from Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse.

Phoebe Tsang was born in Hong Kong, grew up in England and currently resides in Canada. She is the author of the poetry collection Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books), due to be launched 05 November 2009. Phoebe’s poetry can be found in the anthologies Garden Variety (Quattro Books) and Not a Muse (Haven Books). Journal credits include Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Atlas02 (UK & India), Brand (UK), Room and  Freefall (Canada). Her chapbooks are Solitaires (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2006) and To Kiss the Ground (Press On! 2007). A professional violinist, she is a multi-genre artist who holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of London.

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Iron-on Constellations | Emily Pohl-Weary

Iron-On Constellations, by Emily Pohl-Weary
ISBN: 9780973864502
Price: $5 special sale price
Pub Date: 2005

The poetry in Iron-on Constellations defiantly explores the beauty and complexity of the everyday.

Emily Pohl-Weary sifts through the surface dirt, grime and debris of the city to reveal the isolation, illness, love and sexuality lurking beneath. Through short,confident bursts that act like graffiti on an alley wall, her poems reveal hidden layers of emotion and political motivation.

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Emily Pohl-Weary‘s most recent novel is Strange Times at Western High (Annick Press), a young adult mystery featuring misfit Natalie Fuentes, who solves a crime in her high school. Like the character Natalie, Pohl-Weary’s first publications were in self-published zines titled things like We Have Lives, This City of Faces and Throat Flower. She went to become a co-editor of Broken Pencil, the guide to zines and independent arts, and eventually to publish her own magazine, Kiss Machine. During Kiss Machine‘s eight-and-a-half year run, it also published an award-winning line of comics by Canadian women writers and artists. Her first book was the life story of gender-bending science fiction author Judith Merril, Better to Have Loved (Between the Lines). Merril was Pohl-Weary’s grandmother, and she had started the book prior to her death. Pohl-Weary completed it posthumously in the same voice. It won a Hugo Award and was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. Selections from her critically acclaimed anthology of writing about female superheroes Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks (Sumach Press) were an opportunity for 34 writers to analyse and redefine the notion of powerful women. The year it launched, contributors toured 17 cities across North America, doing readings from the book and running superhero makeovers on the audience.Her novel A Girl Like Sugar (McGilligan Books) is the coming-of-age tale of a girl who’s haunted by her dead rock star boyfriend. Her poetry collection, Iron-on Constellations (Tightrope Books), explores the illness, love and isolation hidden beneath busy urban life. Video artists and stop-motion animators have adapted several of the poems.

 

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