Wrapped Within Again

Robert Hilles’s fifteenth book, and twelfth book of poetry, continues his fas- cination with the complexities of daily life. For the first time in one volume readers are able to have the best poems spanning his career to date. Throughout this volume, the Governor General’s Award-winning poet writes poems that are at times philosophical, tender,... Read more »

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Leaving Footsteps

This anthology brings together the best poetry by southwestern Ontario women writers. The work includes engaging passages of poetic prose, long poems and short verse, all of which explore the imagination and interest in women’s thoughts, emotions and issues. These are writers who hail from small towns, farms and cities from Toronto south to Windsor.... Read more »

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Reading Like a Girl

In Reading Like a Girl, Rishma Dunlop explores themes of immigration, Punjabi Sikh heritage, suburban life in the late 1950s and 1960s, diasporic and hybrid identity, the construction of a life through reading literature, comic book heroes and postcolonial education. The poet creates a lush land- scape of contrasts and paradoxes, scenes that include women in saris... Read more »

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Whiskey Eyes

Ever wonder what might happen when aging parents move in with their son, his wife and their young family? Whiskey Eyes is a collection of intercon- nected short fiction pieces that look at what happens before, during and after the big “move in”. The underlying tone is one of loss, neglect, abuse, alco- holism, compassion and humour.... Read more »

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Robert Sward: The Collected Poems

“Robert Sward is the master of the logical incongruity – the very essence of sur- prise and delight in poetry. He is a compassionate storyteller who looks at life through the sincerity and profundity of genuine wit, always rising above the ordinary, the mundane and the despairing” from the introduction by Bruce Meyer. Robert Sward’s... Read more »

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The Farm on the Hill He Calls Home

With the publication of John B. Lee’s memoir of growing up on a farm in southwestern Ontario, Black Moss has launched its first title in its Settlements series, This is a series of books where Canadian artists reflect on the land, the neighbourhood and the “place” in their lives; thereby telling the story of this country.... Read more »

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Songs of the Wounded: New and Selected Poems

Greg Cook is one of the most prolific poets on the east coast. This Yarmouth- born writer celebrates his long career as a poet with this newest book, Songs of the Wounded: New and Selected Poems. As he will tell you, in a way all poems become love poems, and art, like love, is an act... Read more »

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Now that We Know Who We Are

In this first of the First Lines series, a series devoted to writers publishing their first book of poetry, Carlinda D’Alimonte charts the emergence of a writer through memories of growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s as the child of Italian immigrants. She explores many of her parents’ early immigrant expe- riences, probing her mother’s trip... Read more »

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Grace Notes

In music, a grace note is an ornament, a very small, unessential part. In Eugene McNamara’s Grace Notes: New and Selected Poems, the grace is large and functional. The poet’s love of music (Part 1), history/literature (Part 2) and family (Part 3) are ultimately saving while his craft throughout is elegant, full of grace. The... Read more »

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Terry Ann Carter in Cambodia

Day Moon Rising, Terry Ann Carter’s fourth collection of poetry encompasses the struggles and hopes of Cambodia. The effortless way she combines haiku and lyric poetry provides a humbling and inspiring look at the history of Cambodia, and the nation’s attempt to rise above thier hardships. As Terry Ann says, “poetry is another way to recount... Read more »

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The Alphabet Table

Stories create the individual and language creates the stories. In Alphabet Table: Memoir of a Childhood in the Language, Bruce Meyer tells the story of how an author emerges into his identity and personality by acquiring the power of language. In narratives that are humorous, moving, and often very familiar, Meyer recounts the journey through... Read more »

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White Collar Writing: Bruce Meyer Talks About The White Collar Book

by Black Moss Press intern Jessica Clémençon On a train ride with Black Moss publisher Marty Gervais, famous Canadian poet and educator Bruce Meyer realized that no one had yet compiled an anthology on white collar poetry. He decided to take up the challenge, along with his sister Carolyn with whom he has worked on... Read more »

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Video of Do Not Call Me By My Name Launch & Reading – #

OnBowen.com has kindly posted a great video of Lisa Shatzky‘s launch and reading for her first poetry book Do Not Call Me By My Name. Here’s what OnBowen had to say about the reading: Accompanied by a wonderfully sensitive musician, Ruta Yawney on harp and flute, Lisa’s poetry was performed by herself, Don MacLean, Simon... Read more »

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Robert Hilles Reads Noise Rises

Take a listen to this great recording of poet Robert Hilles reading the poem “Noise Rises” from his 2010 Black Moss Press collection Partake. Hilles releases his new book time lapse with Black Moss in Spring 2012.

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Marty Gervais named 1st Poet Laureate of Windsor

Congratulations to Black Moss publisher Marty Gervais who was yesterday named the first ever Poet Laureate of Windsor. Here’s a snippet of what The Windsor Star had to say: “He’s a great storyteller, and he’s going to be telling Windsor’s story,” said Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac, who originally pushed for the position. City council on Monday night announced... Read more »

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Black Moss Press books now available directly from blackmosspress.com

Just in time for the holiday season, Black Moss books are available right here at blackmosspress.com. Look for the “Add to Cart” button on the book pages for all our Fall 2011 releases. When you find a book (or several!) you would like to purchase, click the button and follow the steps to pay via... Read more »

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All That Desire

By the author of Still, winner of the 2004 Pat Lowther award. All that Desire collects works from nine of Besty Struthers’ previously published books of poetry, from 1984 until the present, alongside a selection of brand new poems. Old poems rest against new, cycling through birth, life, and death, families coming together and falling... Read more »

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The Book of Places

“Serious, playful, and governed by the eye’s apprehension of the familiar as well as the shockingly new, Yvonne Blomer’s Book of Places takes us cycling through Asian landscapes, Britain’s stone cathedrals, and the intimate landmarks of home, where these poems accumulate earthly wonders: rivers and rain, animals, leaves, bamboo’s hollow knock against stone. She drops... Read more »

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time lapse

Robert Hilles’ latest book of poetry, time lapse, refuses to stay in one place, or indeed, in one time. From the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand, to recollections of building a romance, Hilles pitches us backwards into childhood anecdotes of an uncle with a glass eye and family lost in the fog. The poems in... Read more »

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Imagining Lives

Imagining Lives is a poetry book with a past. Bernice Lever’s writing transports the reader to the 1940s and ‘50s, where children make mud pies and listen to family stories of the “dirty thirties.” Imagining Lives does not only look back, however. Lever seamlessly moves forward into more contemporary times, musing on nature, technology, and... Read more »

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