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Need Machine

By Andrew Faulkner
Categories: Poetry

Need Machine clamours through the brain like an unruly marching band. Both caustic and thoughtful, these poems offer a topography of modern life writ large in twitchy, neon splendor, in a voice as sure ...

White Piano

By Nicole Brossard
Translated by Robert Majzels, & Erín Moure
Categories: Poetry

language I'll say yes
from the top of my rib cage
language will you come
out and unearth the salt the certitude

Between the verbs quivering and streaming, White Piano unfolds its variations like musical ...

Cutting Room

By Sarah Pinder
Categories: Poetry

Cutting Room both describes and pushes against the anxious hum of the technologically saturated present. Sarah Pinder's poems navigate domestic and 'natural' spaces as landscapes charged with possible ...

Probably Inevitable

By Matthew Tierney
Categories: Poetry

Winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry (2013)

If it were necessary to tell someone where I am,
I’d say the spheres of Kepler resonate like icicles.
I’d say I have loved.

These are high-energy ...

The Politics of Knives

By Jonathan Ball
Categories: Poetry

Winner of the 2013 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry (Manitoba Book Awards)

If David Lynch crashed into Franz Kafka in a dark alley, the result might look like The Politics of Knives. Moving from shattered ...

The Lease

By Mathew Henderson
Categories: Poetry

The lease is meaningless: a square paced
first by seismic workers, and then your father,
and then by every other man you know.

 

Distilled from his time in the Saskatchewan and Albertan oilfields, Mathew ...

New Theatre

By Susan Steudel
Categories: Poetry

New Theatre stages a lively foray into spaces geographical and utopian that calls into question the process and nature of meaning. Steudel’s coolly cerebral ‘Birch’ sequence about Vladimir Ilyich ...

Divide and Rule

By Walid Bitar
Categories: Poetry

In Divide and Rule, Walid Bitar delivers a sequence of dramatic monologues, variations on the theme of power, each in rhymed quatrains. Though the pieces grow out of Bitar’s personal experiences over ...

Li'l Bastard

By David McGimpsey
Categories: Poetry

Finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Poetry

 

David McGimpsey's fifth collection of poems takes to new levels the melding of the deeply personal and the culturally popular that drove his ...

Croak

By Jenny Sampirisi
Categories: Poetry

Croak is a frog-and-girl opera in three parts, played out like a YouTube mashup of mid-century cartoons, all set to a contemporary pop song. It parades, mutilates and reacquaints Kermit the Frog with ...