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Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines

Jason Heroux ISBN 978-1-77126-117-3 $17.00 CDN/USA 104 pages Jason Heroux’s fourth collection of poems finds him in the laboratory. Working in free verse, more formal structures, and the prose poem, Heroux’s image-rich lines explore loss, death, angst—but with wit, an empathetic gentleness, and magic. And Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines culminates with several long poems […]

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Shiner

Eva H.D. ISBN 978-1-77126-121-0 $17.00 CDN/USA 108 pages Shiner is Eva H.D.’s powerful successor to her critically acclaimed debut, Rotten Perfect Mouth, and includes the Montreal International Poetry Prize–winning “38 Michigans.” This is lyrical poetry that is as beautiful as it is angry, bracing in the sharpness of its observations. Whether noting the emotional effects […]

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Book of Short Sentences

Alice Burdick ISBN 978-1-77126-109-8 $17.00 CDN/USA 128 pages   In her ground-breaking fourth collection, Alice Burdick’s playful and challenging—and often surreal—poems are deeply imbued with the landscape of Nova Scotia’s south shore, as well as her own inner landscape, and the landscape of family. Her poems explore, too, the human vessel in which we carry […]

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Saint Twin

Sarah Burgoyne ISBN 978-1-77126-113-5 $20.00 CDN/USA 172 pages Saint Twin is a collection of story poems, short lyrics, long walks, tiny chapters, and fake psalms. This startlingly original debut by Sarah Burgoyne explores absurdity, loss, and wonder, leaping intuitively from speaker to speaker, scene to scene, and sometimes (but not always) hunting for a holy […]

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Chewing Water

Nelson Ball ISBN 978-1-77126-105-0 $17.00 CDN/USA 120 pages Chewing Water continues Nelson Ball’s fascinating forays into the social, into communities of humans, after spending decades writing primarily about nature. While mourning, loss, and decay are featuring more heavily than ever in his poetry, friendship, hope, and love are gaining on those themes. Nelson’s poems concentrate […]

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Live From The Underground

Live From The Underground

Corinne Wasilewski ISBN 978-1-77126-089-3 $20.00 CDN/USA 232 pages   Teenagers Darek Dąbrowski and Eleanor Hanson come from two different worlds. In Communist Poland, Darek is consumed with the idea of a one-way ticket to America and its Levi Strauss jeans and Adidas sneakers. He wants to get away from the country that jailed his father, […]

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Mean Season

Mean Season

Salvatore Difalco ISBN 978-1-77126-085-5 $20.00 CDN/USA 250 pages It is 1980. The buildings and storefronts at Barton Street and Sherman Avenue are dilapidated remnants of Hamilton’s once-thriving steel industry. The corner is also the nexus of a violent street gang that has left citizens terrorized and police impotent. Mean Season chronicles the random beatings, arson, […]

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Abnormal Brain Sonnets

Abnormal Brain Sonnets

David W. McFadden ISBN 978-1-77126-097-8 $17.00 CDN/USA 120 pages In James Whale’s 1931 film Frankenstein, the doctors clumsy assistant, Fritz, reaches for the jar marked “Normal Brain.” When he drops that one, he turns to the jar marked “Abnormal Brain.” In Abnormal Brain Sonnets, Griffin Prize-winning poet David W. McFadden, now in his sixth decade […]

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Last Stop, Lonesome Town

Last Stop, Lonesome Town

Tara Azzopardi ISBN 978-1-77126-101-2 $17.00 CDN/USA 96 pages In this quirky and beautiful vaudevillian debut, Tara Azzopardi employs sharp social observation and a pop-culture universe from the past and present to explore the struggles we face in constructing our own identities, both public and private. Whether she’s dating Caspar the Friendly Ghost, observing Agatha Christie […]

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Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

Nick Papaxanthos ISBN 978-1-77126-093-0 $17.00 CDN/USA 96 pages Award-winning poet Nick Papaxanthos’s first collection is a rollicking, fast-frame, strobe-light-illuminated tour through the surrealism of the ordinary. These poems, composed while getting a haircut or investigating the contents of a sandwich, peer through the windows of the mundane into a world of fractured wonder. The reader […]

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