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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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Rotten Perfect Mouth

Eva H.D. ISBN 978-1-77126-081-7 $17.00 CDN/USA 72 pages Rotten Perfect Mouth is a wonderfully fresh first book by a writer with an intuitive ear for colourful, musical language. These poems are loose enough for the reader to flop down inside and stay awhile. They are plangent, personal, confessional, noisy, nostalgic, and maybe a little bit broken. […]

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My Planet of Kites

Marie-Ève Comtois ISBN 978-1-77126-061-9 $12.00 CDN/USA 64 pages My Planet of Kites is a rich suite of prose poems that document an intimate universe, mixing personal and pop-culture references in language colourful, painful and humorous. The narrator’s reflections on the thrilling—but usually mundane—aspects of everyday life will resonate with anyone who seeks shared dreams of travel, […]

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punchlines

  Aaron Tucker ISBN 978-1-77126-077-0 $17.00 CDN/USA 98 pages punchlines is a lyric long poem that probes the poetic tensions in the everyday languages of computer-user collaboration. Within the narrative structure of a Canadian couple’s drive down the West Coast of the United States, the poems set this exploration between the call (poem title) and response […]

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The Purpose Pitch

Kathryn Mockler ISBN 978-1-77126-069-5 $17.00 CDN/USA 96 pages   Drawing from a range of contemporary poetic traditions, The Purpose Pitch explores the overlap between narrative, pop culture, and the political. These poems are often funny, sometimes harrowing, and always unsettling. Through rants, narrative prose poems, absurdist dialogues, brutal police reports, invented biographies of real people, Google […]

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