Tomorrow’s Bright White Light-Jan Conn

TWBL coverISBN: 9781988040141
Pub date: Spring 2016

Acclaimed poet Jan Conn’s latest book, Tomorrow’s Bright White Light, offers poems as phenomenological guides to an approximation of a future “truth.” The collection includes poems about odd, secretive childhood events and poems that visit the badlands of adolescence from both male and female viewpoints. Some poems deal with the struggles of contemporary life in its many guises, while others derive from Conn’s time in Latin America. Obvious or not, all of the poems in this stunning collection are linked, creating a personal mosaic of the poet’s many lives and experiences.

‘“I want to be both noun and verb.’ By the time that desire gets expressed, by one speaker in one poem near the end of Jan Conn’s new book, Tomorrow’s Bright White Light, the reader has seen it fulfilled by the collection as a whole. Conn’s poetry is fully noun and fully verb, picking out very particular things doing very particular things: varnished cotton bags carrying water, termites crawling upward into clothes, screen doors collecting an eclipse of moths, polar bears crunching over crackled ice. In this extraordinary work, being and doing merge.”—H. L. Hix, author of Incident Light and Legible Heavens

“Any reader of Jan Conn will be made aware of her philosophical voice which she seamlessly blends with her poetry, dexterously heightened by scientific language or heightened diction… As poet, she experiences altered states, the internal floats, a dislocation of time and space, multiple places, shifting shapes and mixing metaphors… the qualities of a dream.”—Anne Burke, poets.ca

“The humanity and vulnerability of Conn’s voice, which shows itself in controlled glimpses, is one that measures its surroundings, and finds hope in that place where two modes of attention, objectivity and sensitivity to beauty, meet each other with profound respect.”—Sonnet L’Abbé, Malahat Review

“Future-oriented, even hopeful poetics… Conn’s work is timely in its depictions of political precarity as well as environmental collapse… poems muster their details to paint almost ekphrastic scenes through Conn’s always masterful diction.”—Lise Gaston, Arc Poetry

Photo by Carl Schlichting

Photo by Carl Schlichting

Canadian poet Jan Conn was brought up in southeastern Quebec. She now lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and is a professor of Biomedical Sciences whose research is focused on the genetics and ecology of mosquitoes. She has published eight previous books of poetry, most recently Botero’s Beautiful Horses and Edge Effects.

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The Uncertainty Principle-Roxanna Bennett

The Uncertainty Principle coverISBN: 9781926639772
Pub date: Fall 2014


Roxanna 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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The Best Canadian Poetry 2010

ISBN: 9781926639161
Pub Date: Fall 2010

The outstanding success of The Best Canadian Poetry in English series continues in 2010 with guest editor Lorna Crozier. The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010 proudly continues a series that kicked off with a bang in 2008 under the stewardship of esteemed series editor, Molly Peacock, and inaugural guest editor, award-winning poet Stephanie Bolster. The 2009 edition was expertly curated by A.F. Moritz, winner of the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize. And for 2010, Lorna Crozier has chosen the fifty best Canadian poems published in Canadian literary journals and magazines in the preceding  year. With this anthology, readers—often baffled by proliferating poems and poets—will be able to tap into the remarkable and vibrant Canadian poetry scene, checking out the currents—and cross currents—of poetry in a volume distilled by a round robin of distinguished editorial taste.

Click to read an excerpt from The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010.

“A satisfying amuse-bouche sampling of some of Canada’s most active and celebrated contemporary poets… I enjoyed this collection immensely.”—Rhonda Douglas, Arc Poetry Magazine

“Some of us can only afford a half a dozen or so subscriptions to literary magazines, so the publication of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, now in its third year, is a welcome event.”—Maxianne Berger, Rover Arts

Lorna Crozier has received numerous awards for her fourteen books of poetry, including the Governor-General’s Award-winning Inventing the Hawk. She has also edited anthologies, among them Desire in Seven Voices and, with Patrick Lane, Addicted: Notes from the Belly of the Beast and two anthologies of new Canadian poets, Breathing Fire 1 and 2. Her most recent book is Small Beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir. She has read her work in every continent except Antartica and last year a collection of her poems translated into Spanish was published in Mexico City. She lives in Saanich, BC, and teaches and serves as Chair in the Writing Department at the University of Victoria.

Molly Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush (McClelland & Stewart, 2009), Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems (W.W. Norton) a memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece, and a one-woman show in poems, “The Shimmering Verge” produced by Louise Fagan Productions (London, Ontario). She has been series editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English since 2007, as well as a contributing editor of the Literary Review of Canada and a faculty mentor at the Spalding MFA Program. Her poetry, published in leading literary journals in North America and the UK, is widely anthologized. Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 (McClelland & Stewart, 2010).

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