Congratulations to Black Moss author Lisa Shatzky whose book Do Not Call Me By My Name was just shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. The award, issued by the League of Canadian Poets, recognizes the best first book of poetry by a Canadian. Lisa is up against five other authors to win the $1,000 prize. Here is the full short-list:… Read more »
Maclean’s magazine recently published an article on the upcoming anthology Desperately Seeking Susans, from B.C. publisher Oolichan books. To get some perspective on anthologies, Maclean’s talked to Black Moss publisher Marty Gervais about Black Moss’ recent anthology The White Collar Book: Poetry and Prose of Canadian Business Life. Check out the full article here.
Check out this review of Lea Harper’s Shadow Crossing (Black Moss Press, 2000) on the blog Kerry on Can Lit. Here’s a preview: Although poet Lea Harper’s collection, Shadow Crossing is an evocative exploration of life’s passages, the reach of family, the manifestations of light and dark within an individual life, and a search for meaning and connection, anchored firmly… Read more »
Arc posted this great review of Crossing Arcs by Susan McMaster. Here’s a sample: In terms of composition, crossing arcs is the most unique to the group: it deals most intensely with the nature of memory and what happens to people and their families when memory fails. The book centres on McMaster’s relationship with her mother, Betty, as they both… Read more »
The most recent newsletter from the Tabitha Foundation, a group working on charitable endeavours in Cambodia, featured forthcoming Black Moss book Day Moon Rising by Terry Ann Carter.
Writing a movie script for Sammy Davis, Jr., breaking up a fight between Len Gasparini and Irving Layton, letting Layton borrow his coat because someone swiped his, playing practical jokes on the American icon Joyce Carol Oates and establishing one of the first cre- ative writing departments in Canadian universities . . . These are… Read more »
In Left Hand Horses, acclaimed poet John B. Lee offers the reader “a clear view into the deep wells of the interior life of an individual writer.” Lee, one of Canada’s most successful and important poets, has redefined the autobiographicalwriting genre. Beyond a mere personal account ofthe author’s life, Left Hand Horses, provides essential information for any aspiring writers. “When I… Read more »
While researching his Irish heritage, Tyndall finds that century old schisms in the old world still exist today in Canada, and physical and ideological wounds have a tendency to re-open. Through an exploration of ‘old rich links’ and ‘precious roots’ Tyndall offers glimpses of renewal and peace within the narrator’s internal struggle.
Enter a world where anything can happen and does. Fraser moves from horror masks to hesitant souls. He takes us on this odyssey of life experiences and identity crisis. His abstract writing captures the moods of his characters in such a way that ittakes the reader through pain, doubt, truth and actuality. Fraser captures the… Read more »
Cleavage, a provocative new book by Marilyn Gear Pilling of Hamilton, Ontario, is the journal of one woman’s life as told through her breasts. Breastfeeding ranges from bawdy – her second nursed like a baby piglet latched to the sow – to sensual – they’d become one dumb nurturing animal overflowing with milk and a mute acceptance… Read more »
As part of Black Moss Press’ First Lines Series, this first full poetry collection, What Someone Wanted by Shirley Graham, is a book about the longing, loneliness, alienation and sometimes miraculous union that can occur in “the infinite land between one and two.” Using a diversity of styles that range from spare, unadorned poetry to prose that calls… Read more »
Jon R. Flieger is a Windsor, Ontario writer who peels back the gritty side of a border town, exposing the urban blight, and shows a landscape that has been exploited and exhausted. His vision through a narrator is bleak and depressing. But there is an upside and an optimism that broods beneath the surface, and… Read more »
Wendy Morton’s latest collection of poetry, Gumshoe, follows in the footsteps of her previous works, examining the joy, pain and pitfalls of life as a careful and thorough detective would. “Poets are goofy. They find shadows, take pictures of shoes, wear glitter. Sing” Under the microscope, everyday life in Gumshoe is distilled into lines of… Read more »
Never A Straight Line tackles a subject that is politically explosive as society grapples with the big question of how generations to come will survive with a world that is only now coming to grips with the slowdestruction of the natural world. Into this mix go the stories of families, of urban development, conservation and waste…. Read more »
The Gargoyle’s Left Ear: Writing in Ottawa presents a unique blend of vignettes, reminiscence, and poetry from well known Ottawa writer Susan McMaster. How has this town transformed a shy girl into an outgoing performer and prize-winning poet whose dozenplus books and recordings have been featured across Canada and beyond? “To admit the draw of starlight…” writes… Read more »
Story Circle Book Reviews recently published a thoughtful review of Lisa Shatzky‘s Do Not Call Me By My Name. Here’s a sample of what reviewer Mary Ann Moore had to say: I couldn’t help but be saddened by the poems and angered too by the residential school system and its long-lasting effects. In “Blackberries” the poet writes: “Even… Read more »
From acclaimed novelist and Governor General’s Award-winning poet Robert Hilles comes a book that’s part memoir, and part lament for the wild. He investigates what we mean by the word today in a world where it is a rapidly depleting commodity. Drawing extensively from his childhood growing up outside Kenora in northwestern Ontario, Hilles takes us back… Read more »
by Betsy Struthers What were the 1950s? Gangs of kids roaming the long back suburban yards. Fathers at work, mothers at home. Mothers who Laid Down the Law. The implacable authority of school, its bullies both adult and child. Learning about sex and death. Living with danger, both foreign (the Cold War) and domestic (strange men)…. Read more »
Though some will blanch and cluck their tongues at the brazen profaning of a more decorous world, these poems keep polite company with all who delight in poetry of quality. The poems in The Pissing Women of Lafontaine have their progenitor in ancient Roman poet Catullus, in 17th century English Poet Laureate John Dryden’s scatalogical masterpiece, “Macflecknoe,”… Read more »
Dale Ritterbusch is the author of Lessons Learned, a collection of poems on the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Currently he is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English & Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy. Otherwise he is Professor of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Of Dale… Read more »