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Good Want

By Domenica Martinello
Categories: Poetry

What if poetry and prayer are the same: intimate and inconclusive, hopeful and useless, a private communion that hooks you to the thrashing, imperfect world?

Good Want entertains the notion that perhaps ...

Lossless

By Matthew Tierney
Categories: Poetry

Tech-inspired sonnets and prose poems that decode a life through the experience of loss

Tierney’s new collection takes its title from lossless data compression algorithms. It positions the sonnet as ...

The King of Terrors

By Jim Johnstone
Categories: Poetry

CBC BOOKS CANADIAN POETRY COLLECTIONS TO WATCH FOR IN FALL 2023

What can we remove from ourselves and still be ourselves?

Written after a brain tumour diagnosis, The King of Terrors is a treatise on living ...

Tumbling for Amateurs

By Matthew Gwathmey
Categories: Poetry

A reimagining of an instructional text on tumbling supports poems about the amateurishness of being human. 

Tumbling for Amateurs is a reimagining of James Tayloe Gwathmey’s 1910 book of the same name, ...

Continuity Errors

By Catriona Wright
Categories: Poetry

CBC BOOKS CANADIAN POETRY COLLECTIONS TO WATCH FOR IN SPRING 2023

Feminist poems both serious and absurd that question our obsession with productivity instead of with care.

Continuity Errors questions ...

The Animal in the Room

By Meghan Kemp-Gee
Categories: Poetry

Deer with binoculars, wolves with resumes: bioengineered poetry that unsettles truth, fact, and history.

Animals are strange testing grounds for thinking about subjectivity, language, the body — really, ...

Slows: Twice

By T. Liem
Categories: Poetry

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2023 A.M. KLEIN PRIZE FOR POETRY

CBC BOOKS CANADIAN POETRY COLLECTIONS TO WATCH FOR IN SPRING 2023

Backward and forward: a double book of mirrored poems about identity in all its forms. ...

Fire Cider Rain

By Rhiannon Ng Cheng Hin
Categories: Poetry

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2023 ARCHIBALD LAMPMAN AWARD

Poetry that navigates the science of cold waterways to consider the warmth of the poet’s Chinese-Mauritian family ties

Fire Cider Rain is about the limits ...

Test Piece

By Sheryda Warrener
Categories: Poetry

FINALIST FOR THE 2023 DOROTHY LIVESAY POETRY PRIZE

Ways of Seeing meets Mary Ruefle in these visual-art-inflected poems

Though they started from Sheryda Warrener’s impulse to see herself more clearly, ...

Surface Tension

By Derek Beaulieu
Categories: Poetry

Typography meets poetry at a Pink Floyd laser-light show

In Surface Tension, poetry is liquefied. Flowing away from meaning, letters and words gather and pool into puddles of poetry; street signs and logos ...