Betsy Struthers

Betsy Struthers’ most recent book of poetry, All That Desire: New and Selected Poems, includes work from her eight previous collections, including Still (Black Moss Press), winner of the 2004 Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman, and three novels as well as co-editing an anthology of essays… Read more »

Hugh MacDonald

Hugh MacDonald is an award-winning poet and children’s author whose book Chung Lee Loves Lobsters won the L.M. Montgomery Children’s Literature Award. He was also awarded the Bennett Car Award for We’re All In This Together. He teaches high school English and history near Charlottetown, PEI.  

Mona Fertig

Mona Fertig was born in Vancouver, attended Vancouver School of Art, founded Canada’s first literary nerve centre called The Literary Storefront. She also founded the B.C. Writers Union. She has also owned and operated her own press since 1990.

The Hidden World

Leila Pepper is a defiant and honest writer who rails against old age with the poems in this newest collection, The Hidden World. She tackles the subject of death, a preoccupation that plagues some elderly people. She writes how she wonders “if death comes easily/like rolling over or/turning out the light.” She writes about watching… Read more »

Heavenly Sex

Heavenly Sex is a book of poems about varieties of love, sacred and profane. It is, at the same time, as noted by Robert Bly, a celebration of one of the more unusual father-son relationships. A self-taught Russian immigrant, drawing on a variety of ancient mystical teachings, the father emerges as the book’s central figure…. Read more »

The Field Next to Love

To award-winning Canadian poet Marilyn Gear Pillling, the field of the familiar is next to the field of love, so close that she can’t at times tell them apart. In her exploration of these spaces and their relationship to one another, the poet touches on themes of childhood, family, mortality, bonds undiminished by time and… Read more »

Untying the Tongue

Cook’s voice is gentle, reverent, astonished by love’s fragility and enraptured by its persistence.  George Elliot Clarke, Governor General’s Award-winning poet, reviewing Untying the Tongue for Sunday Herald (Halifax). What Cook delivers constantly is a muted, open-eyed respect for both the living as they carry on and the dead as they lived. …Tony Cosier, poet, playwright and… Read more »

Cold Against the Heart

Hugh MacDonald’s poems sing of the Maritimes, and what it was like to grow up by the sea. He talks about the memories of a grandfather, walking in the woods with him, feeling safe, and carrying the axes and buck saws and hardboiled eggs. He writes about farming on Prince Edward Island where he grew… Read more »

The Red Dress

In these revealing poems, Mary Ann Mulhern tackles the realities of a woman becoming aware of her intensifying sexuality. She speaks both about the decision to become a nun, the first days in the convent; wearing bloomers and the shame of one’s own burgeoning sexuality. With candor and grace she recounts the moment she decided… Read more »

There will be blood and I will tell you put your hand down there

There will be blood and I will tell you put your hand down there begins with the pregnancy of a first child and details the mother’s thoughts. This collection of poems glides through memories of childhood, dreams of births and conceptions, and confrontations with the possible impossibilities of mothering. Your tongue splits me, she says after conception, in response to the sexual act and the growing… Read more »

Poems for the Pornographer’s Daughter

This is a beautiful book–lyrical, subtle, delicate, profound–that there is nothing anywhere the least bit lascivious or salacious or voyeuristic or titillating or scurilous or likely to offend. There is nothing doubtful, nothing that I even feel I should ask a friend a second opinion on. This book hardly ever enters the territory of dark… Read more »

Until The Light Bends

by Susan McMaster “The autobiography of this piece draws on my experiences with a friend’s mother’s death from old age, a friend’s death on the operating table and another’s from cancer, the almost-death of one of my children (who recovered), the serious, long-term illness of a sister, and of another friend. It also comes from a kind… Read more »

States of Matter

Seldom can a book of poetry be called a page-turner, but Brown’s States of Matter contains absorbing micro-novels, enticing you with situations that could be yours or a friend’s. – Canadian Bookseller In less than a page, she creates an entire scene story, overwhelming in its texture and deeply reverberating in terms of subject matter…. Read more »

Footsteps on the Water

George Whipple is a British Columbia poet, a blue collar philosopher, who challenges us with questions that on the surface seem simple and straightforward, but are far more complex when you push on into the poems. In the background to his philosophical soul searching are the ordinary people and places that inhabit his poetry. Whipple’s… Read more »

Invoking the Moon

“Voluptuous, luscious, fertile . . . Fertig’s mastery of the metaphor is breathtaking”. . . Vancouver Sun Invoking The Moon traces 20 years of Mona Fertig’s verse. From the founder of the famous (m)OTHER TONGUE press on Salt Spring Island where she now lives, we are presented with the fluid poetry that has its roots in… Read more »