Poetry

#404 A tumble with George

Some End / West Broadway by George Bowering and George Stanley Vancouver: New Star Books, 2018. $18.00 / 9781554201457 Reviewed by Danny Peart First published October 21st, 2018 * Two of B.C.’s senior poets, George Stanley (born 1934) and George Bowering (born 1935) contribute opposite halves to a flip or tumble book from New Star…
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Quills Poetry Magazine

Quills is published by William Byron Sheardown of Vancouver, British Columbia. Byron is a printer and has been publishing magazines since the age of 18. Quills Magazine comes from Byron’s deep love of poetry and his desire to create a national literary vehicle for which poets from all parts of Canada can unite to experience…
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#379 Zieroth’s Prairie childhood

The Bridge from Day to Night by David Zieroth Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2018 $18.95 / 9781550178357 Reviewed by Christopher Levenson First published Sept. 20, 2018 * Born in 1946, North Vancouver’s David Zieroth grew up on his parents’ farm at Neepawa, Manitoba, an upbringing that has provided ample fodder for his career as a…
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#370 We were songen and rejoicing

songen: new poems by Patrick Friesen Salt Spring Island: Mother Tongue Publishing, 2018 $19.95  9781896949642 Reviewed by Danny Peart First published September 10th, 2018 * Victoria poet Patrick Friesen (born 1946 in Steinbach, Manitoba) also works with dancers, choreographers, and composers, and writes songs for musicians. Reviewer Danny Peart calls his latest book, songen, “the work…
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#365 The texture of daily living

First published Sept. 4, 2018. Narrow Bridge by Barbara Pelman Vancouver: Ronsdale Press 2017 $15.95 / 9781553805083 Reviewed by Christopher Levenson * New from Victoria poet is Narrow Bridge, a collection that Christopher Levenson finds “humane, honest, well-crafted, and keenly aware of the outside world.” Pelman takes the reader on a walkabout to Italy, Portugal, Sweden, and…
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#358 Ukrainian soil and blood

Our Familiar Hunger by Laisha Rosnau Gibsons: Nightwood Editions, 2018 $18.95 / 9780889713444 First published August 29, 2018 Reviewed by Elee Kraljii Gardiner * In Our Familiar Hunger, Laisha Rosnau of Vernon honours her Ukrainian grandmothers on their traumatic journey between Russia and the Canadian West. “Rosnau’s narrative is sewn tightly into these verses with…
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#349 A carpenter poet adept at forms

Elemental by Kate Braid Halfmoon Bay: Caitlin Press, 2018 $18.00  /  9781987915631 Reviewed by Christopher Levenson First published Aug. 23, 2018 * Despite the book’s title and its division into five elements — water, fire, wood, sky, and earth — the dominant feature of Elemental, Kate Braid’s seventh book of poetry, is less unity of…
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#346 Called to the poethood

First published Aug. 20, 2018. Another Mountain to Climb by Danny Peart Vancouver: Milagro Press, 2017. $25  /   9780994932914 Reviewed by Isabella Wang * Isabella Wang ascends Danny Peart’s Another Mountain to Climb and likes the view from the top. “These poems reveal tenderness, sensitivity, and our collective need to honour, remember, and be remembered,” she writes. —…
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#290 Grieving with Google

First published April 19, 2018. Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots by Erín Moure Vancouver: New Star Books. $21  /  9781554201419 Reviewed by Claire Sicherman * It is three weeks after the death of her former lover, Paul Émile Savard, when author Erín Moure learns he is dead, and that he died alone at…
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#286 New Orphic Review bookend

MEMOIR: Endpiece: Recalling New Orphic by Margrith Schraner First published April 13, 2018 * Here Margrith Schraner recalls her twenty years as Associate Editor of The New Orphic Review of Vancouver and Nelson.  “I now conceive of ‘Endpiece’ as a caboose—a railway wagon attached to the end of a train. The lights at the back…
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#281 Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Jamie

First published April 4, 2018. A Temporary Stranger: Homages, Poems, Recollections by Jamie Reid Vancouver: Anvil Books, 2017. $18  /  9781772140989 Reviewed by Andrew Parkin * In a posthumously published collection by Vancouver poet Jamie Reid (1941-2015), there  are poems of homage to a number of famous French poets from Baudelaire to Apollinaire, including Reverdy,…
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#277 The new turf of Indigenous Lit

From Oral to Written: A Celebration of Indigenous Literature in Canada, 1980-2010 by Tomson Highway Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2017 $29.95  /  9781772011166 Reviewed by Deanna Reder First published March 30, 2018 * Eminent Cree author Tomson Highway’s From Oral to Written, released by Talonbooks in 2017, is beautifully flawed, inspiring the reader with tremendous lists of…
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#196 Batten down the anthology

Spindrift: A Canadian Book of the Sea by Michael L. Hadley and Anita Hadley (editors), with illustrations by Matthew Wolferstan Madeira Park: Douglas & McIntyre, 2017 $36.95  /  9781771621731 Reviewed by Theo Dombrowski First published Nov. 6, 2017 * This is an anthology with something like a mission. In “Waypoints,” his foreword to this anthology, historian…
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#188 Spooked horses in a storm

Auguries by Clea Roberts London, Ontario: Brick Books, 2017 $20.00  /  9781771314510 Reviewed by David Stouck First published October 24, 2017 *   Two-time Governor General’s Award winner Don McKay described Clea Roberts’ debut collection of poems, Here Is Where We Disembark (Freehand Books, 2010), as “exquisite frost-bitten brevities,” a phrase that aptly characterizes this Yukon-based…
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