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Ardour

By Nicole Brossard
Translated by Angela Carr
Categories: Poetry

something like wait for me
in the braille of scars
tonight can i suggest a little punctuation
circle half-moon vertical line of astonishment
a pause that transforms
light and breath 
into language and threshold ...

The Xenotext: Book 1

By Christian Bök
Categories: Poetry

Internationally best-sellling poet Christian Bök has spent more than ten years writing what promises to be the first example of 'living poetry.' After successfully demonstrating his concept in a colony ...

Otter

By Ben Ladouceur
Categories: Poetry

His body, like yours, would lie
mute as a plum
until a vigilant limb came
to a decision. As you might have guessed
I've come to one myself.

Moving from the absurdity of the First World War to the chaos of ...

Dear Leader

By Damian Rogers
Categories: Poetry

I'm ill-equipped
  for this. I sit
    by a fake fireplace

that frames a real flame.
  I've been crossed
    by two crows today.

'Multi-vectored, Rogers's poems hum with life and tension, ...

Asbestos Heights

By David McGimpsey
Categories: Poetry

Winner of the 2015 Quebec Writers' Federation's A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

If you tore off the tops of canola --
yellow canola flowers -- would you
jump in a tub of canola margarine
just to make the best ...

The Poetic Edda

Translated by Jeramy Dodds
Categories: Poetry

Gods, giants, violence, the undead, theft, trolls, dwarves, aphorisms, unrequited love, Valkyries, heroes, kidnapping, dragons, the creation of the cosmos and a giant wolf are just some of the elements ...

DOWN

By Sarah Dowling
Categories: Poetry

How can we carve private spaces from discarded publics?

DOWN takes junk language – with cameos by Frank O’Hara, Frank Ocean, Aaliyah and the Temptations – and distresses it, building sonically dense ...

On Malice

By Ken Babstock
Categories: Poetry

The fairground screamed. The mountains
and valley were gone. The fire was gone
too. The hanging ‘because’

 

was gone too. The men were away
and my heart already dead
and the fairground monkey dead ...

Cinema of the Present

By Lisa Robertson
Categories: Poetry

What if the cinema of the present were a Möbius strip of language, a montage of statements and questions sutured together and gradually accumulating colour? Would the seams afford a new sensibility around ...

Janey's Arcadia

By Rachel Zolf
Categories: Poetry

It is true Canada is not exactly a Utopia, Ltd.,
for there is hard work and a rough, raw, erudite wail
against the postmodern loss of meaning and emotion to be done
before comfort or affluence are built. ...