05 – Poetry

Bitches with Problems

Bitches with Problems

Bitches With Problems interrogates with wisdom, joy, and a true sense of how to create self-preservation within a poetic memoir form. Ranging from engaging poetry to direct tell-all memories of past escapades, Bridget Ryan takes her reader on a ride they will never forget.

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byzantine
Theodore Christou

byzantine

Byzantium was the polyglot, culturally Hellenic Roman world, which strattled continents and worldviews. byzantium uses multiple voices and dialects, trespassing generations, exploring the heritage and memory of a single mind.

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In This We Hear The Light
John B. Lee

In This We Hear The Light

In This We Hear the Light, is an exceptional collection of Cuba theme poetry by award winning poet, John B. Lee, – without a doubt some of his most outstanding work, juxtaposed by an equally splendid assembly of Cuba theme photography by Richard M. Grove. The poems and photographs represent the inspiration from many years of travelling in Cuba. Since first traveling to Cuba, John B. Lee came to love the island and to admire her people.

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A Mad Bent Diva
David Bateman

A Mad Bent Diva

Like a semi-autobiographical novel in over forty chapters, the stories that make up ‘A Mad Bent Diva’ range from intimate portraits of a queer childhood, to lengthy narratives about a group of friends who engage in annual holidays at a favourite beach property where ‘bitchiness’ prevails, carnal knowledge raises its frequently campy head, and life affirming camaraderie reigns supreme.

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Crossing Borders
Bruce Kauffman

Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders brings you a splendid collection of poetry and micro-prose from an eclectic assembly of authors. Cross the sands of time and swim in the ocean of this impressive work. You will not be let down.

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And With Thy Spirit
April Bulmer

And With Thy Spirit

In her new book, And With Thy Spirit, award-winning poet and mystic, April Bulmer, speaks in the tongues of many women based on her visions of past lives. Even her favourite tree is a familiar old soul and “bows his stiff knees/ to weather.”

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Looking For Light
Susan Ioannou

Looking For Light

Looking for Light ponders how to create beauty and meaning in our troubled world, considering the arts, spirituality, even particle physics, and life’s ultimate transformation.

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They Have To Take You In
Ursula Pflug

They Have To Take You In

“We are reading our way out of sadness.” So writes Linda Rogers in her fine poem, “Paper Stairs.” And as our relationship with home and family is a complicated and varied one, Ursula Pflug’s Hidden Brook Press anthology They Have to Take You In, provides the reader with ample evidence of the profound complexity of blood and clan.

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Apprehensions of Van Gogh: Selected Poems, 1960 – 2014
David Pratt

Apprehensions of Van Gogh: Selected Poems, 1960 – 2014

The settings for David Pratt’s poetry are as diverse as their content and form, including Canada, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Israel, France, Norway, Spain, and the isles of Greece. Certain themes recur: war is one of them, reflecting the poet’s childhood under German bombers in wartime England. Another theme is art and artists, celebrating the work of the Canadian Fred Varley, the Czech Jakub Schikaneder, the Norwegian Edvard Munch, and the Dutch van Gogh. Other poets and writers are memorialized: Irving Layton, Al Purdy, Isaac Babel, André Frénaud. Interspersed among these pieces are personal poems that record the heart`s journey across the decades.

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redirection
Brian Way

redirection

From its innovative sonnet sequence on Canada’s Prime Ministers to myriad ruminations on matters local and intimate, national and universal, Way’s redirection is a Canadian book of poetry that seeks, unceasingly, to lay bare the Canadian psyche and that of the world beyond. In the end, a galvanic collection of innovative poetry—a very good collection of poetry—unique, its aim grand and complex, minuscule and simplistic, its language sharp as a Canadian season. Matters personal and national, styles changeable, eclectic as lightning—eclectric, perhaps, like that marvellous heal-all elixir Dr. Thomas once sold across the country—different and diverse and Canadian as … well, as we Canadians.

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The Darker Edges of the Sky
Wayne Schlepp

The Darker Edges of the Sky

The deeper subjects of these fifty-eight spare poems—minute observations over some sixteen years of a single stretch of swamp and bush, and of the self that does the observing—include the alien/ kindred lives and deaths of birds, animals and trees; the miraculous gift of light; the relationship between ourselves and the world we observe (what difference does it make that, in us, the natural realm both is and is known?); and our troubled sense of time carrying us and our world ineluctably towards the known end of death and decay, and perhaps too the unknown we always sense beyond the surface of things. These poems are to be read carefully, turned over in the mind, and savoured with a slow and complex delight.

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Iron Shoes
Elizabeth Greene

Iron Shoes

The Iron Shoes is a fine collection of poems inspired by Kingston’s streets and haunted houses. Elizabeth Greene also journeys through her past, invoking and laying to rest some of her old ghosts.

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Island on the Wind-Breathed Edge of the Sea
John B. Lee

Island on the Wind-Breathed Edge of the Sea

“Island on the Wind-Breathed Edge of the Sea”, is a collection of poetry by, arguably, one of Canada’s finest living People’s Poets, John B. Lee. After numerous literary awards, over 50 books, over 500 anthologies and many trips to Cuba this is Lee’s first full collection of Cuba poems. They are the perceptions, perspectives and reflections on the Cuban landscape, its peoples, the sounds and sights, the sea and the wind and how they all fold into a poetic experience. These poems will bring you closer to the real Cuba than any guide or travel book could possibly do. This is one of John B. Lee’s finest books.

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In the Muddy Shoes of Morning
John B. Lee

In the Muddy Shoes of Morning

“In the Muddy Shoes of Morning!” is a wonderful book of poems- I see here the influences of your years on the farm, and this newer influence of the lake! – Mary Ann Mulhern

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A Thief of Impeccable Taste
Glen Sorestad

A Thief of Impeccable Taste

With A Thief of Impeccable Taste Glen Sorestad adds to his growing stature as one of Canada’s most enduring poets. A Thief of Impeccable Taste is poetry for people who may not think of themselves as poetry readers.

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Grandfather, Father and Me:  Memories, Poetry, and Good Food
Donna Goodrich

Grandfather, Father and Me: Memories, Poetry, and Good Food

Grandfather, Father and Me:

Memories, Poetry, and Good Food

is a perfect gift for any father or grandfather, in fact any family member.

It is a moving collection of short stories, poems and recipes about

grandfathers and fathers and men of influence. It is truly a loving tribute.

Read this warm and inviting book aloud at the dining room table with the whole family.

It will make young and old laugh and cry.

It will make a fine gift that will give joy for years to come.

It is a loving tribute to our Grandfathers and fathers for their fostering, nurturing, cherishing, for their encouragement.

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Grandmother, Mother and Me: Memories, Poetry, and Good Food
Donna Goodrich

Grandmother, Mother and Me: Memories, Poetry, and Good Food

Grandmother, Mother and Me

Memories, Poetry, and Good Food

is a perfect gift for any mother or grandmother. It is a touching collection of short stories, poems and recipes about grandmothers and mothers. It is truly a loving tribute.

Read this warm and inviting book aloud at the dining room table with the whole family. It will make young and old laugh and cry.

It will make a fine Christmas gift that will give joy

for years to come.

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Celebrating Christmas with… Memories, Poetry, and Good Food
Donna Goodrich

Celebrating Christmas with… Memories, Poetry, and Good Food

Celebrating Christmas with… Memories, Poetry, and Good Food is a tradition-filled book of memories in prose, poetry and recipes.

Read this book aloud at the dining room table with the whole family. It will make young and old laugh and cry.

It will make a fine Christmas gift that will give joy for years to come.

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North of Belleville
James Deahl

North of Belleville

Award-winning haiku poet James Deahl teams up with photographer Richard M. Grove (Tai) to create this striking full colour collection of haiku and photography. This noteworthy volume brings you ten haiku sequences and photographs, both celebrating the beauty of Ontario, especially Hastings and Wellington Counties – North of Belleville.

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an overbearing eye
Theodore Christou

an overbearing eye

Theodore Christou’s lucid, experimental poetry collection an overbearing eye offers a mind thinking and feeling in language and a voice of distinctive tonal vulnerability and self-irony.

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When I Think On Your Lives
Tara Kainer

When I Think On Your Lives

Tara Kainer   ISBN: 978-1-897475-68-3 Trade Paperback: 101 pages Publication Date: June 1, 2011 Suggested Retail (Paperback): $17.95 Amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/When-I-Think-Your-Lives/dp/1897475683   Tara Kainer is a writer who pulls no punches – deeply self-examining, she takes on the natural world, love, war, and poverty, and insists on a human...

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That Not Forgotten
Bruce Kauffman

That Not Forgotten

The poetic voices in That Not Forgotten have rallied together to paint a deeply personal portrait hand-tipped with nostalgia. The pulse of Lake Ontario’s north shore is felt on every page. Mimicking the historic and contemporary landscape, the pendulum swings from seasoned bards to freshly scratched voices worthy of an undivided eye.

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Eel Pie Island Dharma
Chris Faiers

Eel Pie Island Dharma

I like books that open new worlds for me. This is one. It will take you on a tour of the weird and wonderful world of hippies—not as seen by an outsider or imagined by us ordinary people, but as remembered by a genuine draft-resisting, love-making, pot-smoking 1960s hippie.

Things like that couldn’t happen today. The world has changed. I remember going to a love-in on a California beach in 1966, where the security was provided by the Hells Angels and everything went swimmingly. Even with the brutality of the Vietnam War in the background, in some ways our society was more innocent then.

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